Ask Mr. B what his favorite soup is and he’ll quickly tell you how much he loves plain old chicken noodle soup. In fact, he loves it so much that in the winter, I make big pots of it and keep containers handy in the freezer.
If you were to get technical and ask Mr. B for more details, say, to describe the perfect chicken noodle soup, he’d start describing chicken Ph’o–mounds of rice noodles, peppery, spicy broth, a handful of basil and cilantro and a good squeeze of lime. Mr. B could live off the stuff–if I’d let him.
Unfortunately for us, the last Vietnamese restaurant closed down last year. For some reason, Vietnamese food isn’t very popular in our area, but since we have a few really good Thai restaurants, we’ve decided that somehow things are even, especially since we both know how to cook up some pretty good Vietnamese food.
Mr. B swears that a bowl of Ph’o will cure whatever ails you. He even said it will send the devil packing. So, if you find you’ve been spending too much time with the devil, best to cook up a pot of Ph’o and send him on his way.
2. Add the shredded chicken breasts, sliced onion, jalapeño and red pepper; cook until the vegetables are soft.