22 (Wed) July 2020
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
Another DIY product from Pulmuon, this one for Vietnamese pho.
I discarded the dehydrated vegetables, except the red chilies, and prepared fresh bean sprouts, radish sprouts, cilantro, onion, scallion, and lemon. I also got primo 1++ hanwoo brisket (chadolbagi) to be added just prior to serving, allowing the hot broth to flash cook the meat.
For my first home-cooked pho, even if Pulmuone provided a major assist, was pretty good. The Pulmuone components, the broth and the noodles, were decent. The fresh vegetables by me were great. But I made several mistakes regarding the meat – first, whereas chadolbagi is typically sliced razor thin, it was much thicker here; also, I’d neglected to consider that brisket is quite a tough cut of beef, unless it is grilled to a crisp, as per Korean tradition (or barbecued low and slow, as per American tradition); finally, I let the broth sit around for a bit too long, so it was not quite boiling hot when I poured it over the meat – ultimately, the meat turned out undercooked, fatty, and rubbery. Next time, I’d first cook the brisket and add it as a crispy topping (see for example 10.271 Chadol Jjambbong); or use an inherently tender cut, like tenderloin. Anyway, it was a fun effort.
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