Shrimp Pho

Pho pho pho your boat, gently down your throat.


Who else is sad I don’t write food jingles?

And also, I know it’s technically pronounced “fuh,” but fuh fuh fuh your boat made me feel awkward on the insides.

I would say, “what the fuh!” but my mom would remove me from her will.

So anyway, let’s get phosical, phosical. I wanna get phosical, phosical.

(don’t leave me.)

pho1  pho2

This is a very stripped down version. As far as I know. I’m just guessing really! It’s super easy. It’s super phoasable. (ugh)

You’re going to bloom some aromatics. Lil’ bit of garlic, lil’ bit of ginger, lil’ bit of lemongrass paste. Phontastic. (the X is top right.)

Add some seafood stock, some carrots, shrimp, spinach, simmer simmer. Phoolproof. (the highway is right outside.)

Finish with some fresh lime juice, mint, cilantro, some crushed red pepper flakes. Pho real. (maybe just a noose?)


Just make it. Make it and be happy in life. Phoever and ever, amen. (do you still love me?)



Shrimp Pho:

What it took for 4:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 Tbs. minced ginger
* 2 Tbs. lemongrass paste
* 1 quart Pho soup starter (it’s a liquid), plus 2 cups water (or seafood broth if you can’t find the soup starter)
* 2 small carrots, shaved
* 7 oz flat Thai noodles (or any Asian clear noodle)
* 6-8 cups baby spinach
* 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
* 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
* fresh lime juice (from a whole lime)
* crushed red pepper flakes for garnish
* salt and pepper, to taste

In a large deep pot, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the garlic, ginger and lemongrass paste; bloom for 30 seconds.

Add the soup starter (or broth) and water; bring to a boil. Add the noodles and carrots, reduce to a simmer and cook for a few minutes until the noodles soften.

Add the shrimp, spinach and a good squeeze of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer two more minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through. Taste it. Oh gaaash I know. Add the cilantro and mint.

Serve with extra mint, lime wedges and crushed red pepper flakes!


I bet I get a ton of phollowers from this post! (in never ever land)

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29 Responses to Shrimp Pho

  1. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 8, 2014 at 6:09 am #
    YUMMM. Honestly I was fully expecting the recipe to read, "what it took for pho:" it could have been worse :)
  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) April 8, 2014 at 7:04 am #
    I'm personally a big fan of the witty puns! I mean, come on. It's called Pho. How can you not? And I love how easily this comes together. Great weeknight meal!
  3. Amy@macncheesenpeas April 8, 2014 at 7:09 am #
    thank you for making me giggle this morning.
  4. Tieghan April 8, 2014 at 8:03 am #
    I am with Amy, thank you for the laugh this morning! :) Love this dish, perfect any night dinner!
  5. kelly @ livelovepasta April 8, 2014 at 8:22 am #
    I am obsessed with pho and I need to try this!!
  6. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective April 8, 2014 at 8:37 am #
    Bev, you made me laugh out right! This shrimp pho sounds divine!
  7. Ashley April 8, 2014 at 9:01 am #
    I most definitely still love you...possibly even more than bephore.
  8. Susan April 8, 2014 at 9:01 am #
    You are a funny lady! I really chuckled and will also try this recipe.
  9. Bri | bites of bri April 8, 2014 at 9:29 am #
    This looks awesome. Thanks for the laugh. I'm making this pho so. Haha
  10. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd April 8, 2014 at 9:49 am #
    trying this pho sure :P
  11. Julie April 8, 2014 at 11:05 am #
    pho reals? stop it!
  12. Shaina April 8, 2014 at 11:33 am #
    You had me at pho.
  13. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper April 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm #
    I'm giggling so hard right now! Please write more food jingles... and then put them on youtube.
  14. Carol at Wild Goose Tea April 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm #
    To me you were punning pho real---not jingling. I love puns!!!!!!! You know someone should come up with a recipe for Pun Buns. I love Asian soups. I have been making soup weekly for the last few weeks, because It makes it sooooooooooo easy for me to take my lunch to work. I didn't have a clue what to have this upcoming week. So now I see the light. Laughing.
  15. Meredith April 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm #
    So delicious! Just don't stop singing...
  16. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes April 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm #
    PHO-SHO. (I should be shot)
  17. Megan {Country Cleaver} April 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm #
    You just know how I love a good pho'ood pun in the evening. And I'll never leave you.
  18. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee April 15, 2014 at 8:09 am #
    you're nuts. I love it
  19. Kate W April 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm #
    I may or may not have just spit out the water I was drinking while reading this recipe, Pho real ! Looks delish!
  20. Mallaree April 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm #
    My dad is Pho obsessed and will probably cry when I make this for him this weekend. I just found your blog via How Sweet Eats and I love you already. You are added to my blog favorites & I cannot wait to try your recipes!!
  21. Rachel - De Ma Cuisine April 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm #
    Hahahahaha awesome. Pho real.
  22. CG July 28, 2014 at 11:15 am #
    So...can you use pad thai noodles? Same cooking method? Love love love Thai food but I'm so un-pho-maliar with how to cook many of its dishes. Trying it tjis weekend, pho sure.
    • Bev Weidner July 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm #
      Absolutely! Pad Thai noodles are perfect. Really, anything goes. Let me pho what you think! (sorry)
  23. Sally Baker January 17, 2015 at 7:23 am #
    Am I the only one who checks out a recipe online that seems simple enough, only to find that you need "lemongrass paste" and "pho soup starter" to make it? Seriously folks, who stocks these in their pantry.
    • Bev Weidner January 17, 2015 at 8:00 am #
      I'm so sorry if you can't find them! My little store carries them, so I figured they were pretty standard. The pho starter broth will be right next to the chicken broth. But if you can't find it, seafood stock will work just fine! And the lemongrass paste will be right in the produce section, next to the garlic paste, fresh ginger, wonton wrappers, etc. If you don't see it, minced lemongrass with minced garlic works great, too!
  24. MB Giczi August 15, 2016 at 5:06 am #
    This lacked flavor when I tried it. Wonder if the Vietnamese make a killer broth with bones simmered 24 hours.
  25. MB Giczi August 15, 2016 at 5:10 am #
    Turned out to be low flavor. Suspect it is all in the broth. Maybe the Vietnamese simmer broth 24 hours with pork bones.


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