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Stop – Pantry time!

Mushroomy Goodness!

 

 

Unexpected bills sometimes make you broke, as a result of one we’re a bit broke until next pay. So, for frugality’s sake, I’m going to dig into the recesses of my cupboards to make dinner for the next few days. I am only going to use what’s in my pantry/freezer/fridge.

 

I probably should’ve done this a long time ago, there are a lot of random things in there… I think I need to do a “cupboard inventory”  just to make sure I actually USE what I have!

 

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Comfort Pho-od

This title only makes sense sense if you pronounce pho correctly, “fuh”. Otherwise, I guess it’s still creative 😛

 

I LOVE pho. It is by far my favourite comfort food. It may sound blasphemous because it’s not something indulgent and rich, but it is still incredibly comforting and satisfying. I really enjoy how it makes me feel afterwards. No sick full feeling, just warm and happy.

 

We went down to Pho Huang on main today after a breif visit to the monthly comic-con we have here. We eat vietnamese frequently. It’s one of the most accessible fast-foods in the city along side sushi, and is very affordable. We got away for only $20 including an appy and were both stuffed. We didn’t even finish our meals.

 

Spring rolls! Michael says these were the best he's ever had.

Michael's regular go-to. Lemongrass grilled chiken with vermicelli.

and Heaven in a bowl. Rare beef pho. The beef cooks in the hot beef broth. So you get super tender thin slices of beef, oh man.

If you’ve never had pho I recommend you try it. You can get it 100 different ways. With chicken if you’re wary of raw meat. Brisket, tripe, fish balls, just noodles. There is so much variety. A small bowl (what I’ve posted above, which is far from small) goes for about 5$ a bowl at most places.

 

The broth is generally made by simmering beef (and sometimes chicken) bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onion, and spices, over several hours. The spices vary but usually contain cinnamon, star anise, ginger, onion, cardamom, corander seed, fennel seed, and cloves.

 

There’s always srirachi on the table to add to your soup 🙂 They give you a bowl of sprouts, basil, lime/lemon and chilies to add to your soup, and it will be by far the most satisfying soup you’ve ever had.