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Pho Soup For YOU!!!!!

My flock loves to eat Pho.  Well, at least 2 of us do. I have wanted to try to make it for quite a while. I looked at several recipes online and I used bits and pieces from a few.

First thing, first.  I took some soup bones and par boiled them. This helps clean them so they don't cloud the broth.  Then I roasted them, along with ginger and garlic cloves.

Spices are probably the key to Pho.  I used cinnamon sticks, anise seeds, coriander, fennel seeds and some ground cardamon (too cheap to buy pods, as I don't use them much). I toasted them until they started to smoke and release their oils.   I wrapped it in some cheesecloth and plopped it in with the rest.

I chose to char the onions on the burner instead of in the oven, so the onions would stand up a bit more.  The char here, and on the bones, ginger and garlic are another key element for the flavor.

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