Pho, for when you’re feeling poorly

Last week, I had such an urge to make some Pho and set about doing some research to make Pho Ga, the chicken version. I gathered my ingredients, set to work and eight bowls worth of delicious Vietnamese soup were finished in no time. A very productive Friday night and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Honestly, Matt should just marry me now, right?

chicken pho pho ga

Flash forward an hour and I’m sending my Mum photos of a strange mark that appeared on my back and telling her I didn’t feel well. We swapped notes and decided I probably had shingles. Never a nice thing to have, but they can be quite dangerous if you’re immunosuppressed like I am.

Ten minutes later, I’m on the phone to a Nurse who’s calling me up to the Hospital to get checked out. Another hour and I’m being handed antivirals by a Doctor. It drives me bonkers that even small things have to be a big deal when you’ve got chronic health problems, but thank you NHS for being so wonderful.

Coming back to the pho, I’m pretty sure that my body knew what was en route before I did. When you’re feeling poorly, weak and in pain, pho is exactly what you need and I had a bucketload in the fridge. It’s like a hug in a bowl.

I spent the weekend napping, watching Suits from the comfort of the bean bag and filling up on pho whilst Matt took great pleasure in addressing me as ‘the riddled one’. Despite a rough few days, I feel like I’ve gotten off lightly. Almost a week later I’m feeling much more human, just in time for Easter weekend.

Do you have plans? If you fancy spending some time in the kitchen and you like Asian food, I recommend giving the soup a go. I went with Smitten Kitchen’s recipe with two tablespoons of coriander seeds and some star anise. Next time I might play about with some more spices but for my first attempt at the chicken variety, I was pleased with the results. Pho seems quite time consuming compared to other soups and broths, but it looks after it’s self, you just have to step in a few times along the way. I promise you it’s worth the extra time!

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    • Vicki Higham says

      Shingles is indeed pretty nasty. I feel like I got off quite lightly compared to some stories I’ve heard.
      I’m off to read your blog now :)

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