Hanoi is the spiritual home of pho. Practically every street is dotted with restaurants or stalls solely serving this soup spectacular. Beef pho is the most popular, but it does take a fair amount of time to make. Chicken pho is speedier to pull together and tastes fresher. If you have a pressure cooker, it’s even faster. Serve in big bowls with all the fixings – herbs, sriracha, lime and pickles.
Sieve the chicken stock into a large saucepan and reserve all of the meat from the legs. Discard all of the remaining solids and bones. Heat the stock to a simmer and add the salt.
Preheat your oven grill. Place the ginger and onion on a foil-covered baking tray. Blacken under the grill for 7–10 minutes until the surfaces are quite charred. Add the ginger and onion to the stock along with the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, fish sauce and palm sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes for the flavours to meld.
Use a fine sieve to strain out the onion, ginger and spices.
Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the rice noodles. Cook for 1 minute, then drain and arrange in four large bowls.
Add the chicken meat to the bowls and ladle in the broth. Top with the bean sprouts, fresh herbs and some of the chilli and shallots. Pass the sriracha and lime wedges around when serving.
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