Phil Vickery’s fragrant turkey pho

I was once lucky to film in Vietnam. On every street corner in Hanoi they serve pho from early morning until lunchtime. It’s very satisfying and good for you.

phil vickery fragrant turkey pho
Kate Whitaker

SERVES 4

PREPARATION TIME 30 MINUTES

COOKING TIME 15 MINUTES

½ reduced-salt chicken stock cube
10 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal
1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp fish sauce
freshly ground black pepper
2 small skinless turkey breast slices (approx 250g), fat trimmed
200g cooked rice vermicelli
200g beansprouts
6 tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped
4 tbsp Thai or any fresh basil, roughly chopped
10 fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
juice of 2 large limes

1. Place 1 litre of water and the stock cube in a large saucepan and heat until just simmering.

2. Next add the onions, chilli, garlic, fish sauce and some pepper. Simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Cut the turkey into very thin slices then add to the stock – it will cook almost straight away. Stir well.

4. Add the vermicelli noodles and beansprouts and bring back to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

5. Add the herbs to the turkey pho along with the juice from the limes and serve straight away.

NUTRITION TIP A leaner meat than chicken, turkey is a good source of B vitamins, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.

ENERGY 269kcals PROTEIN 22g FAT 1.2g SATURATED FAT 0.3g CARBOHYDRATE 42g TOTAL SUGARS 2.1g SALT 0.5g SODIUM 196mg FIBRE 4g

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