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5 Different Types of Pho Explained

5 Different Types of Pho Explained

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup, where various ingredients are cooked in a hot, aromatic stock with noodles. This magical bowl of Asian goodness has been said to have cured disease, soothe hangovers and restore your body's balance. Considering Pho is apparently such a miracle working dish, it is important that we know all the different varieties that we can cook at home.

 

1)      Phở Hà Nội

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is the home phở, and here is where keep it simple. The broth of a traditional pho should be clear, and also have a thin layer of oil on top, which gives it the "silky" feel. This version of phở is kept simple, hence the only accompaniments to this steaming bowl of soup being bean sprouts, lime wedges, noodles and chopped chilli.

 

2)      Phở Bò (beef pho)

This is commonly known as the original, and some say best version of phở. There are many different versions of beef phở, but usually they incorporate slivers of raw beef that are slightly cooked when placed in the hot broth. This results in very tender and delicious meat!

 

3)      Phở Gà (chicken pho)

Typically the broth in chicken phở has a lighter, clear broth than phở bò. It can be made with lean chicken, slices of breast meat or even with chicken pieces with all different textures, to really mix things up.


4)      Phở Áp Chảo Gìon (crispy fried pho noodles with beef)

In this version of the traditional phở dish, the phở noodles are double-fried to make them crispy yet chewy. The next step is to simply add your choice of vegetables (we recommend sliced carrot and beans), and crispy noodles and sliced up beef into the phở broth.  

 

5)      Phở Chay (vegetarian pho)

For all the vegetarians out there - don't fear! You can still enjoy this magical dish by creating the stock with carrots and daikon radish. To replace the meat, just use mushrooms, tofu and/or mock meat.

 

There is one thing that all these versions of phở have in common, and it is that they are all delicious! To make any of these dishes yourself, check out our Vietnamese Pho paste today. 

How To Use Coconut Cream

How To Use Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is a concentrated version of coconut milk, and is used in many varieties of Asian curries, soups and desserts - most commonly used to "cool down" the heat of the dishes. There are so many dishes that coconut cream is used in, you can always find plenty of delicious ways to use it at home!

 

Dairy Free Recipes

One of the best things about coconut cream is that you can use it as a substitute for heavy amounts of cream in recipes to not only make them dairy free - but make you feel a lot better about what you're eating. It's also super easy to work out, you just replace the amount of cream the recipe calls for with the same amount of coconut cream. If you don't want to go modifying recipes, then there are plenty of recipes out there that use coconut cream as is. We have provided some for you to try below - so get experimenting!


Strawberry Cheese Cake Ice Cream

This beautiful dessert dish not only sounds delicious, it also only has a few ingredients. Don't forget that it will be dairy free because you're using coconut cream and it is sugar free too - what more could you want?

 

To make this dessert all you need is our coconut cream powder, cream cheese, vanilla extract, xanthan gum, and a handful of diced strawberries. Simply combine the coconut cream and cream cheese in a bowl and add the vanilla, xanthan gum and strawberries. Fold all these ingredients together and let it freeze in a pan for 2 hours and there you have it - you've made a delicious dairy free, sugar free ice cream.

 

Quick Chicken Satay

Coconut cream is great to use when you can't handle the heat, or just love the taste and flavour of coconut. All you will need is chicken breasts, peanut butter, garlic, coconut cream, chilli powder, lime and a variety of herbs of your choice. Mix all the ingredients together to marinate the chicken in, cook on skewers and serve with steamed jasmine rice - too easy!

 

Coconut and Ginger Rice

Spice up the traditional coconut rice by adding some ginger this time. All you need to do is mix your coconut cream with some water in a saucepan, then and the basmati rice and peeled ginger. Bring the rice to boil, and then let simmer for 10 minutes before draining and discarding the ginger. Serve this flavoursome rice with shaved toasted coconut and sliced spring onions as a complementary side dish to your Asian meals.

 

Now that you have some coconut based inspiration, get creative in the kitchen! For more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out our wide range here.

Travel Seoul Like A Foodie

Travel Seoul Like A Foodie

There are a lot of amazing things about Seoul, but when it comes to food, we've struck gold! Seoul is an exciting city which offers a variety of food options when it comes to national cuisine - at an affordable price. If you're a keen foodie with a travel bug, then add a few of the options below to your bucket list for that next visit.

 

Wang Bi Jib

You haven't tasted Korea Barbeque until you've had it in Seoul! Wang Bi Jib which translates into 'Queen's House' is the number one destination to get your fix of delicious Korea barbeque. Each table is fitted with a powerful charcoal grill, and the menu boasts an extensive list of options which are so easy to make.

63-6 Chungmuro-2ga, Jung-gu | 2f, Seoul

 

HaDongGwan

This traditional restaurant has been around for 80 years, and serves just two dishes on its menu. Their signature dish is the Regular Gomtang, otherwise known as Korean beef soup with rice. Kimchi is a complimentary side which can be used to spice up your dish for an extra burst of flavour. It is a must for anyone who wants to try traditional Korean food at an affordable price.

12, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

 

Myeongdong Kyoja

A trip to Seoul isn't complete without trying out the local Kimchi. Myeongdong Gyoja is renowned worldwide for its extra spicy kimchi dishes, as well as their dumplings and noodle soups for those who prefer something a little different.

17-2, Euljiro6-ga, Jung-gu | 11F, CheongdaemunSeoul

 

Korean Street Food

Want to get a real taste of Seoul? There's nothing better than trying out Street Food on your travels for a quick and easy meal for an affordable price. Here are just a few common street foods you need to try when passing through Seoul:

·         Tteokbokki - rice cake rolls with a side of chilli sauce. The perfect on-the-go snack if you want to explore the city without any downtime.

·         Gimbap - seaweed rice rolls which are usually filled with vegetables.

·         Twigim - deep fried nuggets which look like fritters and are battered and deep fried.

·         Hotteok - sweet or savoury stuffed pancake which makes for a hearty snack perfect for exploring.

 

Aren't planning to visit Seoul anytime soon? Don't fret! Easily achieve an authentic taste at home with our Korean range available now for an authentic and wholesome meal!

5 Types of Biryani

5 Types of Biryani

There's a reason that biryani is just one of the most popular dishes in Asia, and with good reason! Despite originating in India, there are many different variations available using chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables, or even no meat at all! We've compiled just a few types of biryani which every foodie needs to try at least once.

 

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

One of the most popular meals in South East Asia and the Middle East, Chicken Biryani has become a staple in most households since it's so easy to cook. When preparing the chicken, cut it into large pieces with the bone attached. Not only does the bone add flavour to the dish while cooking, but it can actually make it tastier! For best results, marinate the chicken overnight so it can soak up all the delicious flavours of the marinade.

 

Nasi Biryani

One of the most popular dishes in Malaysia, Nasi Biryani is fragrant and tasty, especially when paired with spices or rose water. The aromatic rice makes for the perfect base for any meat, especially since it's so rich in flavour!

 

Awadi Mutton Biryani

A classic dish hailing from the royal Awadi kitchen, all the way in Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Large pieces of mutton are cooked to perfect amongst the fragrant rice which makes for a truly delicious meal.

 

Vegetable Biryani

Are you having a meat-free week? Try Vegetable Biryani which is another classic dish coming this type from Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana. The secret to irresistible vegetable biryani is that it should always be cooked on dum. Dum is a slow-cooking technique which gives the dish its unique flavour and texture.

 

Malabar Biryani

The final dish comes from the Malabar Coast in southern India, and is renowned worldwide for its unique flavour. Traditionally, biryani in this region is made with jeerakasala rice which brings a sweet flavour to the entire dish. It also features seafood or marinated meat, and is seasoned with coconut curry for a smooth flavour. Don't have time to make these dishes from scratch? Easily achieve an authentic taste at home with our Indian Biryani Rice which makes for a quick, wholesome meal!

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5 Different Types of Pho Explained

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