Like “Pulling Teeth”?
I had five teeth pulled recently in preparation for getting braces. Food-wise, I prepared by making a huge pot of cháo, the Vietnamese version of “congee”, or rice porridge. Since I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be up to chewing anything, I opted to purée everything into a soup-like dish. I cooked rice, with twice the usual amount of water. I made chicken broth, with chicken
, and salt
and fish sauce
to taste. I separate the chicken meat and then purée rice, broth and chicken together into a thick soup. After I have puréed everything, I tasted and seasoned the “soup”.
To serve, I add caramelized/crisped thinly sliced shallots and thinly sliced scallions (no chewing required!) to bring a bit more oomph to the dish.
(When I do phở gà, I refrigerate the chicken meat in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Upon uncovering, the chicken would give off a rather strong smell, a “chicken” smell on steroids! It dissipates quickly and by the time it’s served, it smells great, but the initial smell is always quite off-putting. I wonder why it’s like that…)