Faux pho

For at least two months of the year I live in fear of the colds and flus whipping like evil spirits through the halls of my kids’ school. Science has proved that chicken soup is a legit treatment, and this version is our favorite form of medicine. It’s a far-from-authentic pho that comes together in minutes. You can play the spiciness of it up or down, but you must slurp it. Doctor’s orders.

15 min



  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often, until they’re translucent and fragrant. Add the stock, water and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. While that’s happening, soak the noodles in a large bowl of lukewarm water. Once the chicken has been cooking for 20 minutes, drain the noodles and add them to the soup. Stir in the lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. Serve in large bowls and top with carrots, peppers, cilantro and bean sprouts.

Excerpted from The School Year Survival Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Sanity-Saving Strategies for Every Family and Every Meal (Even Snacks) by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh. Copyright © 2017 Sweet Potato Chronicles. Photography copyright ©