Vibrant Asian cooking has become hugely popular in many British kitchens in the last decade and Vietnamese-style dishes are not only exciting dishes to cook but are also very healthy, perfect for looking your best this summer. Luckily, like many other Asian cuisines, Vietnamese cooking can be easy to master as there's often no need for long cooking times and intricate recipes, it's all about simple seasonal flavours and great ingredients.
If you are looking at expanding your Asian recipe repertoire then you can't go wrong with mastering the art of Vietnamese Pho with turkey and rice noodles. The use of turkey breast meat is low fat and a twist on what is becoming an incredibly popular Asian favourite for many of us.
This recipe is tasty, healthy and quick to prepare which is key when entertaining this summer.
1 litre strong homemade chicken or turkey stock. (or use 3-4 chicken stock cubes)
8 salad onions, sliced on the diagonal
1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 British turkey breast steaks (about 350g)
200g rice vermicelli
1 small bunch coriander
1 small bunch Thai fresh basil or normal basil
10 fresh mint leaves
Juice 2 large limes
Soy sauce, to season
Place the stock (or water and cubes) into a large saucepan and heat until just simmering.
Next add the onions, chilli, garlic, fish sauce and sugar and a little salt and pepper.
Simmer for three minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the turkey into very thin strips and add to the stock.
The turkey will cook almost straight away, and stir well.
Add the noodles and beansprouts and bring back to the simmer and turn off.
Roughly chop the herbs and add to the Pho along with the juice from the lime and serve straight away.
You can serve a little soy sauce with the Pho if you want along with extra lime, herbs and even more chilli.
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