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!
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.
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.
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.
re: Carb Lover
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.
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.