Instant Pot – Pho Ga Recipe (Chicken Pho)

Homemade Pho Ga

Pho Ga (Cuong Can Cook)

Source:

Recipe – http://www.copymethat.com/r/7IF9I41/cuong-can-cook-ip-pho-ga/

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone in chicken breasts KB: Bone in is important. If you find that you don’t have enough flavor, you can also buy chicken bones by itself. I also found that 4 chicken breasts left me with way too much chicken. My second attempt was with 1 chicken breast with rib bone and 2 carcasses of chicken bones.
  • 1 onion KB: I used a yellow onion.
  • 1 palm sized piece of ginger
  • green onion
  • cilantro
  • thai basil
  • ¼ cup fish sauce plus to taste KB: Use 1/2 cup. Taste your broth before serving. You’ll need to add a little fish sauce and/or salt to the broth in order to get it to the flavor/taste you are looking for. Don’t be afraid of adding too much though. Like Cuong said, the noodles will dilute the broth and flavor.
  • 2 TBS sugar (preferably palm sugar) KB: Use 1 tablespoon instead of 2.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • pho noodles
  • lime wedges
  • packet of pho spices (can omit) KB: This was one of the items available at my local Asian Market. $3.00 for 5 spice packets.
    https://www.amazon.com/Pho-Hoa-Beef-Noodle-Spices/dp/B003GRMUCU
    The filter bag becomes really fragile after the cooking process. Use a ladle to remove the packet as to not break the spice bag during removal
    .

Cooking Directions (From Cuong Can Cook with personal notes in bold):

  • Over direct heat gas flame, char the whole onion and ginger, 5 minutes. If a gas burner is not available, you can use a dry pan on the stove, broil in the oven, or use your outdoor BBQ grill.
  • Place chicken, fish sauce, sugar, charred onion and ginger, salt, and spice packet into Instant Pot and fill with hot water (can use cold, it just takes longer to heat up). Close lid, set vent knob to Sealing, and use Manual for 20 minutes. KB: Try to use hot water if possible. It will save you a lot of time. We also found the chicken to be a little bland. Consider preparing the chicken ahead of time by seasoning with some salt and pepper.
  • While the chicken is cooking, slice green onion and cilantro into small pieces
  • After 20 minute cook time, you can QR (Quick Release) or NPR (Natural Pressure Release). Taste and season broth. KB: I ended up cooking on Manual for 25 minutes. I also don’t think it hurts to let the broth sit after cooking. I feel like the flavors really start to settle in more the longer you let it sit. My only recommendation is to remove the spice packet with a ladle as I think the packet will become more prone to breaking. According to Cuong, you want the broth to be a bit more flavorful than what you like. When you add the rice noodles into the soup, it will dilute the flavor a little bit. This is very much true!
  • In a separate pot, boil some water, Using a noodle strainer if available, boil the dry pho noodles about 5 to 20 seconds until it is loose and pliable. Place into soup bowl. KB: I was told to wash the noodles again after cooking it. Something about a better taste.
  • Slice or pull chicken meat and add to soup bowl
  • Garnish with green onion and cilantro, pour hot soup broth into bowl KB: If the noodles are cold, consider microwaving the bowl for 30-45 secs prior to adding the broth.
  • Top with Thai basil and a squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Stay lubed during all steps of the cooking process!

 

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MTG Deckbuilder’s Tool Kit League

Hi all.

Just wanted to share this format that we decided to try. I give you the deck builder tool kit league. It’s actually very similar to a sealed deck league, but with MTG deck builder’s tool kit. I suggested the tool kit for several reasons.

  1. Cost ($16 on Amazon)
  2. 4 packs + semi-random set of cards, not to mention a large diversity of cards
  3. Little friendlier for new and returning players

One of my autocross buddies and I play tested this format, and it seems really solid. The power level was nice and even, and though I lost my match, both games were close. Here’s the framework of our league. Feel free to edit these league rules to best suit your play group. I think this format is a great way to make the game more inclusive for players of various skill levels, while keeping costs to a minimum and the power level even.

Deckbuilder’s Toolkit League Rules Framework

Deck Building Rules:

Each participant will start with either a Shadows Over Innistrad or Kaladesh Deck Builder’s Toolkit. This toolkit, and its content, is his or her card pool. From this pool, he/she will build a limited deck.

  • Limited decks must contain a minimum of 40 cards. …
  • Players are not restricted to four of any one card in Limited tournament play.
  • Any drafted or opened cards not used in a player’s Limited deck function as his or her sideboard.

The Kaladesh Deckbuilder’s Tool Kit is $16 from Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Gathering-Kaladesh-Builders-Toolkit/dp/B01LDESLBG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477434489&sr=8-1&keywords=kaladesh+deck+builders+toolkit

Match Rules:

  • 50 minute matches
  • Best out of 3 games
  • Casual REL (casual rules enforcement)
  • After 50 minutes, if the match hasn’t been determined, the match will go on for 5 more turns. Active player is turn 0. If no winner is determined, the game ends in a draw.

League Rules:

  • Round Robin format
  • 1 point for game win, 0 points for game lose or draw
    • Ex. If you won your match 2-1, you receive two points, and your opponent receives 1 point.
  • After all the players have played their matches for the round, the cumulative points from all the matches will determine the round’s standing.
  • After the end of the round, all players are allowed to add a single Standard booster pack to their pool.
  • 1st place each round is awarded 2 additional bonus points; 2nd place is awarded 1 additional bonus point. If a tie occurs, both players are awarded the bonus points.
  • Bottom two players are allowed to add an additional Standard booster pack to their pool.
    • This is in addition to the weekly allowance.
  • After 3 (or more) rounds, the player with most points wins the league event
    • Possible prizes:
      • Booster Packs
      • Prize money to defray next tool kit
      • Nothing
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Kevin’s Chili Recipe

For my future reference…

14oz pinto beans
14oz black beans
14oz kidney beans
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
1.5lbs ground beef
1 McCormicks Chili Mix
1 large jalepeno
14oz tomato sauce
14oz diced tomatoes
3 – 14 oz stewed tomatoes
1 cup of water

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GoPro5 and GPS Overlay

I had the opportunity to see this during the SEMA Show a few weeks ago and was surprised to hear that the GoPro5 is able to data log GPS in order to overlay it onto video. Here’s the official announcement:

https://gopro.com/news/New-Telemetry-Feature-Quik-Desktop-App

The software is still a little clunky, but I have been able to overlay the data without too much issue. The processing is slow, but otherwise, it works. I hope that GoPro adds more features and makes Quik a little easier to use. Quik hasn’t been all that intuitive. I think it is great for making cool compilations, but not so great for formatting autocross videos (trim videos) and exporting them.

Anyways… this is super exciting! Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

 

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An Update

Thank you to all that follow my blog. As you might have noticed, it’s been a little while since I last posted. Things have been a little busy and I finally made my way around to this blog to let everyone know that all is well. A little hectic, but otherwise, things are great.

There’s definitely a lot of great things going on and I hope that I am able to get everyone up to speed in the next few posts.

First thing first… here’s my most recent autocross run. I’ve found a better way to overlay data, but still am messing around with it. Here’s a sample, though!

That’s all for now!

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LAN Party Project

For the better part of the last few weeks, I’ve been working on my LAN Party Server. As nerdy as that sounds, the experience was actually worthwhile.

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Full disclosure, I hate Linux and anything related to it. With that said, my co-worker decided to set-up CentOS 7 on the system. Once we loaded the OS, we began downloading and configuring the various game servers. There’s a great site that will allow you to download, install, and launch a bunch of dedicated server in Linux.

You can find it here:

https://gameservermanagers.com/

After having all the games installed, we noticed that the commands was super confusing. Launching the game was a pain in the butt. From there, I really started my big project. I ended up scripting a launcher that could… well… launch and shutdown the games.

The script originally started at 3-400 lines of code. I looked at the code again and noticed that there was a better way to do things and implemented that. Once that was done… I was able to trim away half down to 200 lines.

As I got more and more into the dedicated game server, I noticed that I needed to add additional functionality to the script. Form there, the code ballooned up to its current state of 600 lines. Mind you… this script is fairly robust. It has all your typical server functions (start, stop, restart, edit config file, update, etc.), but also has several server tools that would allow you to do mass edits over all the games.

Here’s the current state of the launcher script: http://www.kimete.com/launchernewest.sh

launcher

As for the server, we were able to set it up with an ftp service as well as configured teaming to allow more performance and bandwidth out of the 2x gigabit ethernet ports.

As for the LAN Party… the server did great. Everything ran smoothly. I was able to control the server from SSH with little issues. And it seemed to host the games just fine.

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Update: 3/28/2016

Hi all.

Nothing really new here. Just a quick update.

Round 3

Round 3 is right around the corner. We’ll be going to Marina this Sunday. Should be lots of fun. C-Street runs in the afternoon, so I will be able to sleep in on Sunday morning as well as stop at Burrito Express in Fremont for a breakfast burrito!

More information on round 3 can be found here: http://www.sfrautox.com/?page_id=162

As always, if you are ever interested in autocrossing, no better time than the present to get started. Reach out to me and I can help you get pointed in the right direction.

Brainstorming

I think I am going to try to change the way I recap my autocross runs. Right now, I just post videos and that’s really about it. I think I want to try to change the format a little bit. I really like the way that karting places give you time sheets when you are done with your sessions, and I think I can create my own template. I am not quite sure how I’ll be able to implement it through WordPress, but we’ll have to see.

I’ll probably start simple at first, then try to make it a little more elaborate. My goal is to create something that looks cleans, relays a clear message, and doesn’t look dull. I was thinking about including a course map, a table of section times, and some comments on the course.

Worst case scenario is I try, and it doesn’t work out.

National Tour – Crows Landing

Still not quite sure about me attending this or not. I haven’t planned that far ahead. I am thinking about it though. I won’t be able to attend the Pro-Solo, though. I currently have another obligation for that weekend. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Crows won’t be too hot. The weather was rough last year.

That’s all for now!

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