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Dec 31, 2005 03:33 PM

Pho Noodles

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The broth is the easy part.

I can't get my noodles right.

I make mush. Every recipe I find for Pho doesn't give the instructions for the noodles.

The package on the several types I've tried say to boil for 5 minutes. MUSH!

I want mine like Pho #1

I don't want them to break when I try to pick them up or even look at them.

Any ideas? Tricks? Suggestions?

Happy New Year, Everyone!


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  1. Five minutes seems too long. Try tasting a noodle around 1-2 minutes.

    Bring water to a boil over high heat, add noodles, separate, stirring occasionally.

    The noodles I use seem to just need a blanch.

    1. From what I've read, you're supposed to soak the noodles in warm water for about 20 minutes. Then you just put it in the bowl and put hot broth over it when you eat it.

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      1. re: In-N-Outer

        That is the way I have had it. I have a Vietnamese friend who makes Pho for us and assembles every thing in the bowls and the noodles are almost dry and then pours on boiling hot broth. Yum!

      2. We just put the noodles in hot water until it's the right consistency (about 2 or 3 minutes I think, but check it) and then into your soup bowl. Then put the meat on top and the hot boiling soup on top of that.
        Happy slurping and a Happy New Year.

        1. You're so right about those bad or nonexistent package instructions!!

          This is how my family and I do it: Soak pho noodles in plenty of lukewarm water for at least 30 min. Bring a pot of water to a boil. To make many noodle servings all at once, dump in all the noodles. Once the water returns to a boil, remove quickly and strain. Important: rinse noodles w/ cool water to separate and cool down.

          For individual servings: Pile a serving size clump of noodles into a spider strainer. Dip into boiling water til al dente. Remove and rinse w/ cool water before transferring to bowl.

          I grew up on noodles that were cooked through and soft, not the popular "al dente" in the US. If you like yours more toothsome, then reduce cooking time accordingly.

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          1. re: Carb Lover
            Hungry Celeste

            Yes, Carb's instructions are the best way to prepare dried, packaged noodles. Soak for a while in cool water, then dunk into boiling water. One thing to note: different noodle thicknesses require different soaking times (I know, duh). Really wide thai style rice stick noodles need a longer soak than bun vermicelli or medium pho noodles. And take it from personal experience--the noodles MUST be soaked first, or you will boil and boil, and the noodles will be hard and then just dissolve.

          2. Thanks, All!

            Going to try a few of your suggestions.

            I never rinsed them in cold water. Maybe that will help.

            So much easier to say, I'll have a #19.