Last year my husband and I honeymooned throughout Vietnam and fell in love with their cuisine. Vietnamese Pho is their famous soup/broth and we ended up eating one after hopping off a train at 4.30am in Hanoi! This light and aromatic soup is delicious and a great way to include some extra green vegetables and herbs in your diet. My version is not a classic Pho, and I have used my spirooli to make zucchini noodles to avoid the carbs and gluten.
- Chicken Breast - 2 (free range, organic, biodynamic)
- Chicken Stock - 6 cups (can use organic pre-made stock powder/paste with 6 cups water)
- Garlic - 2 cloves (Australian, organic), minced
- GInger - 4 cm, finely chopped
- Lemongrass - 1 chopped finely (white part only)
- Red Chilli - 2 long chillies, chopped finely
- Shallots - 3 chopped on the diagonal
- Baby Bok Choy - 3 bunches (or any other Asian greens)
- Soy Sauce - 2 tablespoons (organic, gluten free)
- Sesame Oil - 2 teaspoons
- Mint - 1 bunch
- Coriander - 1 bunch
- Zucchini - 4 peeled
- Using your spirooli spiral slicer, push the zucchini through to make noodles and set aside.
- Use a little oil place the garlic, ginger, chilli and lemongrass into the soup pan. Cook for a minute or so until fragrant. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the whole chicken fillets and cover. Cook for 5 - 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Use a fork/tongs to pull the chicken into pieces.
- Place the zucchini noodles into a separate pan in boiling water, cook for a minute or two until just softened. Drain and set aside.
- To serve, place an even amount of zucchini noodles in each bowl. Use a slotted spoon to then add some chicken and bok choy to each of the bowls, then top each with the broth. Top with mint, coriander, extra shallots and chilli.
- The nourishing soup is the perfect addition to family meals to add extra veggie intake for all the family.
- Mint is rich in essential oil that help to calm digestive upsets, IBS and colic.
- Coriander is often used for its chelated powers to remove heavy metals, particularly cadmium from body tissues.