Pho Recipe -
Pho Recipe
  • READY IN 5 hr


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"This is a shortened and easier version of the delicious Vietnamese soup called Pho Bac. Garnish with pepper, green chiles, hoisin sauce, chili sauce and lime wedges."

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs 30 mins

    5 hrs


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, bring beef shank and 3 quarts water to a boil. Skim off foam. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven broiler. Place unpeeled whole onion under broiler until soft. Remove and peel.
  3. Stir onion, ginger, anise, salt and fish sauce into beef mixture.
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rice noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  5. Divide noodles into three serving bowls. Place cooked sirloin on top of pasta in bowls. Sprinkle green onions, bean sprouts and cilantro evenly in bowls. Strain beef broth and divide evenly between serving bowls, pouring over assembled ingredients. Serve at once.
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the broth ingredients. The actual amount of the broth ingredients consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 27, 2009

We have been to Vietman and had it from street vendors this recipe taste just like it does there. I would not change anything.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 06, 2006

my mom makes pho too. you can buy premade packages of spice at most vietnamese supermarkets and just dump one in. my mom roasts ginger and onion on a grill first to bring out the aroma and then adds those in the pot.

Dec 05, 2005

The ginger should also be charboiled in the oven along with the onion to sweeten the flavor. In addition, it is missing some of the basic ingriendients in Pho such as peppercorns, cloves, etc.

Oct 17, 2003

To short-cut, I used 1 can beef broth and 1.5 cups of water as the base. It didn't taste quite like our local pho. So I added 1.5 TBL hoisin and that did it. Also, serve as directed or it looks like a mess.

Mar 14, 2013

I had made this cause I heard Pho was good for definitely worked there. This is ok. You can buy Pho broth cubes at the Asian markets and that saves a little time and adds a more authentic flavor.

Feb 08, 2008

I travel quite a bit and have eating Pho for lunch and loved it. I followed the recipe exactly but the end result did not come close to what I had enjoyed in the Pho restaurant. My wife and daughter did not enjoy but they don't like to try new things.

Aug 29, 2002

I have been looking for this receipe for a long time.Thanks

Apr 12, 2014

very very disappointed in lack of flavour.


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  • Calories
  • 1100 kcal
  • 55%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54.7 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 267 mg
  • 89%
  • Fat
  • 46.8 g
  • 72%
  • Fiber
  • 3.6 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 107.7 g
  • 215%
  • Sodium
  • 1938 mg
  • 78%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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