Man, some of you out there are doing some darn creative things to meld Viet and American culture. Over the weekend, I received a quick email from Kim L. who repurposed Thanksgiving leftovers to make turkey pho. She used the chicken pho recipe from my cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. I've posted the chicken pho recipe on this site.
Despite my putting down turkey a couple weeks ago (my husband braised a grass-fed beef brisket for Thanksgiving), I wholeheartedly respect/appreciate what Kim did. I wouldn't call Kim's turkey pho faux pho. It's not remotely like Rachel Ray's phunky pho made with barbecue pork.
In addition to turning a roast turkey carcass into pho noodle soup, you can also use the meat for banh mi sandwiches, bun rice noodle bowls, rice paper rolls, and stir-fried silver-pin noodles. Those are just a few Asian dishes where you can vary the protein and not lose sight of the foundational flavors.
Thanks, Kim for broadening our palates!
If you have neat ideas on how you re-used Thanksgiving leftovers with an Asian flair, do share them below!