I had a brief 12-hour moment where I decided I was going to skip out on this week's French Friday's with Dorie recipe...
Then, I chatted with my dear sister (who is also cooking and baking her way through Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook, Around My French Table) and I realized I had to make it. We decided we'd cook together each week and in a way, I didn't want to let her down. Plus, dang-it-all, I wanted to make this delicious-looking soup.
So, I headed to the store, bought beautiful ingredients like fresh basil, cilantro, star anise and white peppercorns and started up the old soup pot. The result was a delicious, spicy, lightly creamy and brothy soup with tender shreds of flavorful chicken and perfectly-cooked egg noodles.
This wasn't my first experience with pho-style soups. My home-town of Orem, Utah got a Pho noodle house in 2009 and I very much enjoy it. But um...cough cough...I hate to say it...I prefer this recipe! And I just love that I can enjoy it in the convenience and beauty of my own home. (Note: I know that this recipe is a twist on the classic pho ga...) I sorta had an ah-ha moment tonight. I heard a little voice in my head say "You can make better-than-restaurant-quality meals...and could eating at home possibly be more enjoyable than going out? ...yes, YES indeed!"
I have to preface these thoughts with the fact that I'm a huge propenant of family dinner. But I also have to let you know that my husband and I are a couple of mid-twenty, childless, new-restaurant seekers who love a night out. And you should for sure know that I am more of a baker than a cook. Hence, the whole reason I'm doing this whole "commit yourself to making a new recipe once a week for six years thing..."
Back to the soup. It was so easy to make! I didn't make any changes to the recipe except I added two whole stars of anise. I just love that flavor. I also added thin slices of jalapeno to my garish list among fresh basil, lime wedges and bean sprouts.
The only thing I wished I would have done different was invite another couple over to sit and enjoy this warm soup. I could see the four of us just sipping away and chatting all night! Thanks for another keeper, Dorie! I can really see myself making this soup often. It's officially on the fall and winter soup list. Make sure to see how the other bloggers liked it on the Leave Your Link post.
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