Quick Beef Pho Recipe with Quoc Viet Foods' Pho Soup Base  

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LovePho
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what if the spice bag is ripped open while cooking? Can you still eat the soup or should it be throw away?

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@LovePho: It may not be a total loss. Assuming the spice bag content is finely ground, powdery particles, what you may try is let the broth sit (maybe after done cooking) to allow everything to settle to the bottom as much as you can. Then pour the broth through a filter (as in large coffee filter paper.) This way you strain out as much of the rest of particles still floating around in the liquid as possible. After that, the broth may not look as good as it could be, but it will probably taste fine.

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Thanks a lot Cuong! I was afraid I might have to throw the whole pot out once the bag was broken! Thanks again!

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No problem @LovePho. Good luck.

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Hi, living along the shore in New Jersey the closest Pho shops are more than an hour away in Atlantic City so the fact I can purchase the products I need on Amazon (yes they have the Quo Viet products but it is not shipped direct from Amazon), or the VietnameseSupermarket (on-line) is great for me. I have eaten Pho in many good shops in Westminister thanks to my friend Alison a caterer from HB and a Pho pro. My question to you is, when ordering additional Pho noodles what size to your recommend for the Pho Bo moodle, small, medium or large? Thanks so much this thread has answered any question I had regarding the use of the Quo Viet packaged stocks.

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@Beachmaster: not sure if I get your question correctly, but normally if you order extra banh pho noodle in a restaurant, you'll be served with whatever they serve in the bowl, most probably the small size noodle.

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Cuong, thanks for the response. What I meant was when I'm ordering the noodles on-line I've seen the banh pho packages listing small, medium and large size noodles. I just wondered which size would be best to use in concert with the Quo Viet stock. What would be the most traditional size? Thanks.

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@Beachmaster: most people prefer the small size (3mm) and many restaurants serve only the small size as fresh banh pho noodle comes only in the small size variety. It's not a matter of which size would be best with Quoc Viet stock. It's what works for you. It's like asking "what size spaghetti is best with meatball marinara sauce." I'd say go for the small size to try, you'll like it.

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Thanks again Cuong for the respose, that's exactly what my friends in Huntington Beach told me last night; the smaller width noodle was the best choice and what was used in the numerous Pho restaurants they had taken me too in and around Westminster.

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@Beachmaster: Glad you find your answer. FYI: For the northern style pho (phở Bắc), the wider 3mm banh pho noodle is actually used. So there is a difference of usage if you want to be more authentic about it. Enjoy your pho.

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Thanks Cuong for additional info. BTW, I just placed my order with Amazon for the Quoc Viet beef flavored pho soup base (4x10 oz. containers) and a triple pack of Three Ladies bahn pho noodles (3mm). I have Amazon Prime and these packages all qualified for free 2-day shipping. If it wasn't for your web site and great threads I would still be in pho limbo here in NJ. I will let you know what I think as I'll probably cook next weekend. Many thanks.

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@Beachmaster: Nice! go for it. But I thought you want the 1mm banh pho?

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Cuong, my error the small size 1mm is what I ordered -- I had 3mm on the brain (LOL)>

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Oh, and by the way Cuong, while my area is lacking for pho shops, we have some good ramen places close by and I make a pretty good ramen myself, using store bought noodles but a hearty homemade stock (slurp)!

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@Beachmaster: Somebody should consider open a pho shop in your area. Where are you located? If someone wants to, I can definitely help guide him/her through the process of opening and operating a pho restaurant.

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