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Easy-Peasy Homemade Vietnamese Pho

Who doesn't love Pho? Learn how to make it here...

Posted on 20 June 2018

What is Vietnamese Pho?

Vietnamese Pho is loved worldwide. It is a deliciously fragrant, tangy and mildly sour soup-noodle dish that is a perfect balance of depth in savoury flavour but is still light enough to help kick off your day as a healthy breakfast.

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Pho is often mispronounced as ‘faux’ instead of its proper pronunciation as ‘fuh’. Pho is also not commonly made at home because of its long hours in preparing and cooking. But we know of an easy way of making this stunning dish.

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What you need

Pho can be made with thin slices of beef, chicken or if you’re a vegetarian, tofu. But for this particular recipe we shall use the traditional pho beef flank or brisket.

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For the noodles, Pho requires a specific kind of thin rice noodle which can be found in Asian or Vietnamese supermarkets called ‘bahn pho’.

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Other important ingredients that make Pho, Pho, include the likes of lime wedges, thai basil, white onion slices, chili slices, raw bean sprouts and cilantro. There are also dipping sauces like chili sauce and hoisin sauce.

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All this combined makes a delicious bowl of authentic Pho.

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The 8 hour process of simmering the bone broth is labour-intensive and can be very tiresome. So to make this process easier and more doable, for this recipe, we recommend that you use a packaged bone broth.

Easy-Peasy Vietnamese Pho Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3


1 litre beef stock
Flat rice noodles for 3 pax
One large white onion
2 small old gingers
One stick of cinnamon
3-4 star anise
1 tbsp of cloves
250 g of thinly sliced beef brisket / flank
3 tbsp of fish sauce
2 tbsp of yellow rock sugar
Thai basil
Raw bean sprouts
Lime wedges


1 Oven Onion and Ginger

Halve the white onion and gingers. Place them on an ungreased tray in the topmost rack of the oven to broil at 220 degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until you see the outer layer beginning to turn charred and black. This will release an intense, deep aroma that gives Pho the mouth-watering savoury flavour it so requires. 5 minutes before you take it out, toss in your spices and let the flavours fuse together to make the perfect Pho fragrance.

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2 Noodle Time

Soak noodles in water for 20-30 minutes until soft and bendable. Boil for 10 minutes till it reaches your desired consistency then fish the noodles out and set them aside. With regards to noodle consistency, the rule of thumb is: the longer you cook the noodles, the softer it will become.

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3 Splendid Soup

Pour stock into a stockpot, add the onions, ginger and spices. Then bring to a boil and simmer it for 40 minutes. Remove any excess oil that floats to the top.

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4 Baffling Beef

Prepare thinly sliced beef slices. Ideally, the slices of beef should be thin enough to cook when you put it in the soup. If not you should spend a little time cooking the thicker slices of beef.

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5 Flavourful Fish

Add the fish sauce. Taste to ensure that the flavour is just right. Place the noodles inside the soup when everything is to your liking. 

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6 Garnish Goodness

Place garnish (the essentials are thai basil, raw bean sprouts and lime) ontop and enjoy.

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Make your own

Now you can easily make your very own Vietnamese Pho to enjoy for your weekday dinner. This amazing recipe was shared to us by our friend at Jen Reviews. Click here to find out more about her amazing recipe.

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