Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spicy Beef Pho (Pie Original)

Hello!  I'm Janny ("J" here, if you didn't figure that one out already...).  When I'm not spending (wasting) my time at grad school or work at the hospital, you can usually find me doing one of the following: shopping, painting my nails, painting the nails of all the females in my life, napping, eating, reading Harry Potter, watching Gossip Girl (can Chuck destroy Dair already? kthxbye - Pie won't understand this) or causing havoc with my partner-in-crime and co-author of this totesamaze blog, Pie.

Whether you're here because you're a foodie, by mistake (and have already wasted too much time reading this first entry to leave now) or simply love and want to support us (forced to read because you're our friend), welcome to totesamazetuesdays!  Join, share and learn with us as we discover food, share our deepest, most intellectual thoughts on nail polish/cosmetics and figure out life and stuffs.

First up... Spicy Beef Pho, a Pie Original Recipe!

This was our very first totesamazetueday and we started off with a bang!  Of deliciousness.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love my noodles - of all variations.  Pie and I love pho and 8 out of 10 times (see what I did there...highly complex statistics) that we spontaneously eat out, will be for pho or noodles of some sort (Japanese ramen).

Anyway, this is the simple, makeshift and delicious recipe that Pie taught me on this glorious Tuesday. Disclaimer: my memory is a bit foggy as it has been a couple weeks and I am also currently starving for today's totesamaze cooking). 

What you need: 
  • Chicken broth
  • Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Fish sauce
  • Chili sauce (we used a homemade one from our gramma's Saudi-Chinese friend or "goo por" as we know her)
  • Garlic (you'll see soon enough that we love our garlic....)
  • Onions
  • Sliced Beef (like for hot pot)
  • Beef/Fish balls (optional)
  • Cilantro garnish - at the end
  • Thai basil - at the end 
  • Vegetables (of your choice) - we didn't use any but feel free!
  • Noodles (of your choice/convenience) - we used "Canto noodles", some call it "Japanese noodles", basically they're thicker and flatter but somewhat thin

What to do: 
  1. Prepare ingredients (garlic, chop onions, wash veggies).
  2. Boil noodles.
  3. Heat up cooking oil, add garlic, chopped onions.  Let soften a bit. 
  4. Pour in chicken broth/stock to ingredients (can add water to dilute if you wish).  Add Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce, sesame oil and chili sauce. Bring to a boil. 
  5. Add meat and cook. 
  6. Add cilantro/thai basil.  
  7. EAT!
And it's as simple as that, folks.  Honestly, this is such a makeshift "recipe" that being creative/customizing to your own preferences is even better!  Thank you to Pie for teaching me this, I look forward to making it on my own! :) 

I now leave you with one more totesamaze-worthy thing: 

I present to you, Almond Croissant, courtesy of K.  Deliciously fluffy and satisfying.  Nommmmm...

That's all from me, for now!  More yummy food (and foodporn) on the way.  

Stay tuned for Stuffed Chicken Breast and guacamole next! 

xx J

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