Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li

Pho is Good Food

Both John and I have the dreaded virus, so both of us were stuffed up, headachy and tired by dinner time. I decided to just pull out rice noodles (Flit, have you thought of rice noodles as some kind of variety?) and soak them. I pulled a brick of pho oxtail soup from the freezer and let it thaw into a pot. I put on a pot of water to boil. Then I pulled out a single filet mignon I'd bought on sale months ago and instantly wrapped in plastic and then another layer of foil and then froze individually and let it thaw a bit before slicing it paper thin. I also sliced a scallion and took three large, crisp lettuce leaves and ripped them into bite sized pieces.

When the water boiled, I peered at the soup. When the ice chunk just disappeared, I dumped the noodles into the boiling water. I then dumped the lettuce, half the scallions and the thicker slices of filet I didn't think would cook just by having boiling hot soup poured over them. When the noodles were done, two minutes, tops, I pulled them into two huge soup bowls, topped them with the shaved beef and the reserved scallion slices, and then waited until the soup was bubbling hot.

I ladelled the soup on top of the raw meat, instantly cooking it, and there was plenty of soup to cover everything thoroughly. John and I ate. My head cleared up. My sinuses felt better, and I was totally warm by the time I was finished. Sometimes there is just nothing better than hot noodles in soup.

Jet is getting much better. He's kind of puzzled by our behavior, though, all the sneezing and lethargy is very new for him to see in us. It's kind of funny to catch him staring at me while I'm collapsed in the couch. It's much easier taking care of a happy baby when I'm sick. Whew.

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