In our house we have ‘Piss Easy Pasta’ nights which consists of supermarket garlic bread, and that packet ravioli and pre made sauce – A 10 minute job at most, but delicious and always a crowd pleaser on a busy night.
I’ve never made Pho before but I definitely didn’t think it would fall under the ‘Piss Easy’ category but here we are! This is a Prawn (pesco) version but you can add Beef if you want meat it in.
As with all my recipes, I give you all the ingredients I use but you can alter them as well as the amounts. It’s honestly cheap, easy and quick too and once you have some of these ingredients you’ll have them for meals to come.
- 4 litres of vegetable stock
- Ginger and Garlic – Used about a tablespoon of each
- 1/4 cup of fish sauce
- Cinnamon quills. I only had ground cinnamon so I just added about 2 shakes (haha, I’m such a shit food blogger)
- 2 tablespoon of sugar
- Flat noodles (recipe I read called for 375g, I used a 200g pack and it was sufficient, so it’s up to you)
- 3 star anise (these come in bags from the herb aisle).
- A big handful of (uncooked) prawn meat and I also grabbed 4 large prawns but completely personal choice
- Asian greens – we grabbed 4 small bunches of a bok choy, but the more the merrier and whatever you can find
- Half a bag of fresh bean sprouts (could easily use the whole bag, I just only had half left)
In a frying, cook off the prawns with a big knob of butter and some olive oil. At the same time, get a large saucepan and add your stock, ginger and garlic, star anise, cinnamon and sugar. Let all of this cook/simmer.
Instead of cooking the noodles to the packet recipe in water as most Pho recipes call for, I cooked them in the broth I was making. Once they’re cooked, add your prawns, greens and sprouts and remove your star anise.
Literally eat. Amazing. Delicious. Sorry to Vietnam, who I’m sure I have offended with my Piss Easy Pho.