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Seafood Phó


This is my take on the famous Vietnamese Phó.

Seafood Phó

1½ litre of light fish stock
2cm piece ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 cinnamon stick
2 lemon grass
1 tsp peppercorns
4 kaffir lime leaves
2 red chillies
fish sauce (nam pla)

vermicelli rice noodles
fish balls
fresh prawns

To serve:
spring onions, finely sliced
bean sprouts
lime, cut into wedges
cucumber, cut into strips
Handful picked coriander leaves (optional)

Pour the stock into a large heavy-based saucepan. Add the ginger, garlic,cinnamon, lemon grass and peppercorns. Roughly chop the chillies and add to the stock. Bring to a gentle simmer and allow to gently simmer for 25 minutes.

Pour boiling water over the noodles and leaves to stand for 5 minutes then drain and set aside.

Drain the stock to remove the herbs and spices, return to the pan and season with salt and fish sauce.

Just before serving, add the fish balls and fresh prawns to the stock.

Warm 4 deep bowls and divide the noodles between them. Next pour over the soup and fish balls ensuring you divide them evenly between the bowls. Finally garnish with spring onions, bean sprouts coriander leaves and lime wedges.

Home made fishballs

350g firm white fish, cubed (cod, haddock etc)
100g raw prawns, roughly chopped
2 red chillies
4 spring onions very finely sliced
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
4 tbsp fish sauce

De-seed and finely chop chillies and put into a food processor with the fish, prawns, spring onions, coriander and the fish sauce. Blend until mixed together. I use the pulse button so the mixture keeps some texture. Next roll into bite size balls, keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Heat a large frying pan, add the oil and then the fish balls. Fry over a medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown and almost cooked through. You will to keep them moving all the time to ensure they colour evenly.

Ready-made fish balls are available in any Asian supermarket in the frozen food section. I'm using store bought fish balls and prawn balls.

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