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Alaska Salmon Head Pho

Alaska Salmon Head Pho
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Cook Time
2 min
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Cook Time
2 min
Alaska Salmon Head Pho
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Servings
4
Cook Time
2 min
Servings
4
Cook Time
2 min
Instructions
  1. PHO:
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes. Chop salmon head in
  3. half and add to pot along with cinnamon stick, star anise and water. Let simmer 2 hours, adding more water, as needed (so head is submerged
  4. while cooking). Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving head and discarding the rest. Stir in ground cinnamon and ground star
  5. anise, hoisin and sriracha, if desired. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Set aside.
  6. NOODLES/VEGETABLES:
  7. Place rice noodles in a large bowl. Boil enough water to cover noodles; pour over noodles. Cover with plastic until noodles are soft and
  8. tender.
  9. SALMON:
  10. If topping pho with additional salmon pieces, dry salmon with paper towel to remove excess moisture. Season with cinnamon, ground star
  11. anise and salt. In a saut pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and place fish in pan. Cook approximately 2 minutes, flip and
  12. cook another 1 or 2 minutes until desired temperature; set aside.
  13. To serve, drain noodles and divide evenly among 4 large bowls. Top with vegetable strips, herbs and pieces of cooked salmoneither the
  14. individual portions or meat from the head or smoked salmon. Pour broth over all; garnish with sprouts, basil leaves and cilantro.
  15. This pho is based on an indigenous Alaskan fish head soup. Traditionally the heads were cooked down long enough to leach calcium,
  16. supplementing an otherwise dairy free culture. If you dont have a fish head handy, try using frames or even fillet scraps.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Chef Rob Kinneen, Fork Catering, Anchorage, AK

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