Vietnamese Beef Pho

    1 hour 35 mins

    In this classic soup, paper-thin slices of raw beef are cooked with rice noodles in individual serving bowls into which hot spiced beef stock has been added. If you can find pho stock cubes, they give the pho broth a more authentic taste.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3.5L beef stock
    • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
    • 6 slices fresh ginger
    • 1 stalk lemongrass
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
    • 500g beef sirloin, cut into thin slices
    • 250g beansprouts
    • 1 bunch basil, leaves only
    • 1 bunch mint, leaves only
    • 1 bunch coriander, leaves only
    • 3 fresh green chillies, sliced into rings
    • 2 limes, cut into wedges
    • 500g dried pho rice noodles
    • hoisin sauce, chilli sauce and fish sauce to serve

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. In a large stockpot, combine the stock, onion, ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon and peppercorns. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and cover, simmering for 1 hour. Strain stock and keep hot.
    2. Arrange beansprouts, basil, mint and coriander leaves on a platter with chillies and lime.
    3. Put the noodles into a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak noodles for 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain.
    4. Divide noodles among 6 large soup bowls and place raw beef slices on top. Ladle hot stock over noodles and beef and pass the platter of garnishes and sauces.

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    i love your recipe. It's my fav traditional dish. I LOVE Pho but I no longer have to labor for my love since I discovered this great company called Star Anise Foods that make these incredible Pho kits that's all natural and organic, and using a family recipe from Nam Dinh where Pho came from. You must try them! It takes 15 minutes and it comes out tasting wonderful every time I make it. They sell you a spice packet and a noodle packet, all you do is add fresh ingredients. I got mine off, just search for Happy Pho, but you can also get them in Northern California stores  -  15 May 2010


    Basically, I have a recommendation for authentic vietnamese pho. Go to your local oriental/world food mart and buy the actual pho broth cubes. Just ask the cashier. They come in small packages of 6. This makes the pho taste authentic, rather than making your own broth or buying american beef broth. Happy eating!!  -  05 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is not pho. Don't be fooled into thinking this is pho. Pho is made from hours of cooking beef bones to soften the meat and draw out the bone marrow. What we have here is spiced swanson beef broth.  -  29 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)