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Pork Pho with Udon Noodles, Lime and Cilantro

Rich pork pho with thick udon noodles, crunchy roasted peanuts and cilantro. 
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30-35 min
Calories: 730 Fat: 21g Carbs: 88g Protein: 53g

Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a Vietnamese broth-based soup typically featuring rice noodles. In our version we substitute hearty udon noodles cooked in a rich pork broth, garnished with roasted peanuts, cilantro and lime.

Ingredients
Shallot
Lime
Cilantro
Roasted peanuts
Ginger
Thai chili
Bean Sprout
Udon noodles
Star anise
Cinnamon stick
Cardamom pods
Pork chops
Vegetable Broth Base

Cooking terms for this recipe

Simmer To stew gently below or just at boiling point.
Sear To cook the surface of meat very quickly with intense heat.
Mince To cut a food into very small pieces.

What you need

Medium pot

Medium sauté pan

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1: MISE EN PLACE

Read through entire recipe before getting started. Wash and dry all produce. Peel and mince shallot. Peel ginger, then grate. Rough chop peanuts. Rip cilantro sprigs in half leaving stems on. Slice Thai chiles in half lengthwise; remove seeds using a spoon and discard along with stem. Dissolve vegetable broth base in 4 cups water. Slice lime into eight wedges.

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Step 2: SAUTE AROMATICS

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large pot. Sauté shallot, ginger, cardamom seeds, star anise, and cinnamon until fragrant and golden brown, about 2-3 min.

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Step 3: MAKE BROTH

Add dissolved vegetable broth, Thai chilis, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 8-10 min. While broth simmers begin to sear pork chops (Step #4).

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Step 4: SEAR THE PORK CHOPS

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in medium pan over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Sear until golden brown, about 4 min on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice thinly. Note: At this time the pork is not fully cooked.

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Step 5: COOK THE NOODLES

Strain broth into a large bowl; discard spices and chilies. Return broth to pot and bring to boil. Add pork slices and udon noodles. Simmer for 10-12 min until noodles and pork are cooked through. The USDA recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 145º degrees.

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Step 6: PLATE YOUR DISH

Divide bean sprouts between two bowls. Add broth, pork and noodles on top. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, peanuts and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!