Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seafood Pho

That night when I tried this refreshing yet very simple soup ('pho') was the same night that I planned to turn my blog into a food blog. To begin this very first post, I'd like to share that I am not really a professional chef. I don't have a background in culinary, never had a crash course whatsoever. But what I know is that, I love to cook, combine with my love for food and food trip adventure.

Another trivia, I didn't know that I will fall in love with cooking. Very true, because I remember back in a day I used to burn our kitchen when I cook or fry something. The klutz in me would rather watch TV than wait in the kitchen. And this of course made everyone in our house panicked and wanted to kill me right after the flames hissed down.

That was a horrible memory, but great lessons were learned, and now it's really about this first Asian recipe I cooked. This recipe is actually a classic Vietnamese soup that uses lemon extract to bring the fresh citrus flavour of the soup.

So let's start cooking.

Seafood Pho Ingredients

Squid balls (if you don't have fresh squids)
Spring onions
Basil leaves
Rice noodles 

How to cook the dry ingredients

1. Fry the minced garlic in sesame oil until golden brown, then set aside
2. Fry the onions in the same oil, until color turns crystal clear, then set aside
3. Fry shrimp, squid, and carrots in the same oil as well, then toss it with the onions
4. Set aside the dry ingredients without adding the garlic, the garlic will be added separately

How to cook the soup ('pho')

1. Boil 4 cups of water
2. Add salt. minced ginger
3. Squeeze 2 lemons into the boiling water then stir
4. Add the basil leaves

How to cook the rice noodles

1. Boil water in a kettle
2. Put the rice noodles in a large bowl
3. Pour the boiling water into the noodles and leave it for 10-15 minutes
4. Taste small portion of the noodles to check if they are al dente

How to prepare

1. Add the dry ingredients into a bowl (shrimp, squid,carrots,onions)
2. Add the rice noodles
3. Pour fair amount of soup into the bowl
4. Sprinkle the spring onions and brown garlic
5. Before digging in, take a snapshot!