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Vietnamese Pho Recipe (Fully from Scratch!)

That is probably the most scrumptious pho recipe we’ve ever made. You’ll love the sunshine and fragrant broth that’s made utterly from scratch. When you do that superb Vietnamese beef noodle soup with ginger, star anise, and cinnamon, you’ll need to make it time and again.

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Homemade Pho Recipe Video

We first discovered the way to make pho (pronounced “fuh”) a few years in the past and are so joyful that we did. Should you’ve not had it earlier than, Vietnamese pho is a noodle soup that’s flavorful, fragrant, and unbelievably comforting.

Each time I make this beef pho recipe (phở bò), I need to make it once more. The aroma of it cooking is sufficient, however the taste seals the deal. Pho is likely one of the finest noodle soups on this planet, and with one chunk, you’ll perceive why.

A Bowl of Homemade Pho Soup (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

Key Components

Beef bones: I search for knuckle and leg bones when making pho. The most effective bones for pho are beef bones wealthy in collagen and marrow, which assure wealthy taste. Strive knuckle, leg, neck, and marrow bones. For probably the most attention-grabbing taste, use a spread.

Onion and contemporary ginger: I really like the onion and ginger on this broth. To realize the distinctive, nearly smoky, deep taste of conventional beef pho, I char the onion and ginger earlier than simmering with the meat bones (watch me do it within the video).

charring onion and ginger for homemade authentic pho

Pho spices: Our broth simmers with cinnamon sticks, complete coriander seeds, fennel seeds, star anise, cloves, and a black cardamom pod. Probably the most uncommon spice is the black cardamom pod, which I discover in Worldwide or Asian markets or purchase on-line. It’s very smoky, and regardless that we solely add one pod, it provides a lot to the flavour of our pho.

Pho Spices: cinnamon, fennel seeds, clove, coriander, star anise, and black cardamom

Fish sauce: You may’t make pho with out fish sauce. You’ll use it when cooking and serving the broth. Andrea Nguyen of Viet World Kitchen means that when looking for fish sauce, search for glass bottles, not plastic, and permit value to information you. Go for the mid to high-priced fish sauce (which can run you $8 to $15). Two manufacturers of pho we’ve got in our kitchen are Three Crabs and Crimson Boat.

Rock sugar: Sugar balances the savoriness of our beef broth. I take advantage of yellow rock sugar for conventional pho, which I purchase at an area Korean market (it’s also offered on-line). Should you can’t discover it, you should use common sugar. The flavour isn’t precisely the identical, however it works. (Rock sugar does a greater job at rounding out the flavors.)

yellow rock sugar for pho

Noodles: Use flat rice noodles for pho, also called bánh phở in Vietnamese. Rice noodles are delicate and somewhat chewy, constituted of rice flour and water. I take advantage of the noodles which might be round 1/4-inch huge. You should buy contemporary noodles at Asian markets (pictured under), which is a pleasant deal with, however dried rice noodles work properly.

a bag of fresh Vietnamese rice noodles for pho recipe

Beef for serving: In conventional Vietnamese pho, thinly sliced uncooked beef is added to the serving bowls earlier than pouring over scorching broth. The warmth of the recent broth cooks the meat (relying on how scorching the broth is, will probably be medium or medium-rare). Use cooked beef as an alternative if you don’t want to add uncooked beef.

raw beef for pho noodle soup

Toppings for Pho: Should you’ve ordered pho at a Vietnamese restaurant, then you recognize one of the vital thrilling issues about it’s the plate of optionally available toppings that comes along with your massive bowl of pho! We serve pho soup subsequent to a plate of Thai basil, contemporary mint, thinly sliced onion, crispy bean sprouts, and lime. Contemporary chilies are additionally beautiful! It’s also possible to preserve fish sauce, Asian chili sauce, and hoisin sauce close by.

fresh condiments for serving pho

Methods to Make Pho

The very first thing I at all times do when making pho at house is parboil my beef bones. It’s simple and helps obtain a crystal-clear broth. Toss the bones in your stockpot, add water, and boil for a couple of minutes. Because the bones simmer, they launch impurities, making the water scumy and foamy. Pressure the bones and rinse away all of the frothy scum from them and the pot (watch me do that within the video).

The second tip for one of the best do-it-yourself pho is to toast your spices. Toasting them wakes them up and makes them much more fragrant. Toss them right into a dry pan over medium warmth, keep shut, and shake them round a number of occasions. You’ll know once they’re prepared while you begin to scent them. It solely takes two to 3 minutes.

How to Make Pho Soup

For the broth, cowl the parboiled bones with water, carry to a simmer, and add the charred onion and ginger, toasted spices, salt, fish sauce, and rock sugar. The broth will prepare dinner at a really low simmer for about 3 hours, after which you might be able to serve!

Methods to Serve Pho

Cook dinner your noodles in a separate saucepan (by no means within the broth), rinse them, and divide them between serving bowls. Place uncooked or cooked beef on the noodles, then ladle the simmering broth over them. Serve instantly along with your favourite toppings, similar to contemporary herbs, bean sprouts, and lime.

Homemade Vietnamese Pho Soup

Storing the Broth

Home made pho broth lasts in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days. To freeze, switch to freezer-friendly containers and freeze for as much as 6 months. Thaw frozen pho broth within the fridge in a single day and reheat the following day. To reheat, add to a saucepan and convey to a simmer earlier than pouring into your serving bowls. We don’t suggest storing/freezing cooked noodles, as they have a tendency to interrupt up over time.

Can I Use Retailer-Purchased Beef Broth?

If you’re seeking to make pho nearly as good as what you’d discover on the most genuine eating places, substituting store-bought beef broth for this recipe gained’t minimize it. We all know our course of takes longer than some, however belief me, this do-it-yourself Vietnamese pho broth has a lot extra taste. You gained’t remorse it.

Vietnamese Pho (Fully from Scratch!)

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Making Vietnamese pho at house is simple, particularly with our conventional pho recipe. We notice our from-scratch recipe could look daunting, however it’s simpler than you suppose, and there’s a lot of inactive time when you look forward to the broth (we’ve simply been additional tedious to share every little thing we all know).

A number of notes earlier than you start: (1) Parboiling the bones makes our broth clear, and you don’t lose any taste. (2) Preserve your broth at a low simmer. In any other case, it should cut back an excessive amount of. If plainly it’s decreasing too rapidly, partially cowl the pot with a lid. (3) There can be a beneficiant quantity of fats on the high of the broth when it’s performed. Skim it away with a spoon, or refrigerate the broth in a single day. The fats rises to the highest and solidifies, making it very easy to take away.

Makes 3 to 4 quarts of broth (4 giant or 6 small bowls)

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Want

Pho Broth

5 to six kilos of beef knuckles or leg bones

6 quarts chilly water

2 onions, quartered

4-inch piece of contemporary ginger, halved lengthwise

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

6 complete star anise

6 complete cloves

1 black cardamom pod, see ideas

1 ½ tablespoons nice sea salt

1/4 cup fish sauce

1-inch piece of yellow rock sugar, see ideas


1 pound dried or contemporary “banh pho” noodles, see ideas

8 ounces uncooked eye of spherical, sirloin, or tri-tip steak, thinly sliced throughout the grain, see ideas

1/4 cup thinly sliced onions

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

Non-obligatory for the desk: contemporary mint, Thai basil, bean sprouts, lime wedges, sliced inexperienced or purple chilies, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, sriracha or chili sauce


  • Make the Broth
  • 1Place beef bones in a stockpot (10-quart or bigger). Cowl with chilly water. Carry to a boil over excessive warmth for 3 to five minutes. Because the bones boil, scum and foam will float to the highest. Drain the bones, rinse with heat water, and scrub the stockpot clear. Return bones to the pot and add 6 quarts of chilly water.

    2Preheat oven broiler to excessive. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place onion quarters and halved ginger on the baking sheet and broil for 10 to fifteen minutes, turning often till properly charred.

    3Place cinnamon, coriander, fennel, star anise, cloves, and cardamom pod in a dry frying pan over low warmth. Toast for about 5 minutes, stirring often, till aromatic. Switch the spices to a muslin bag or cheesecloth and seal with twine.

    4Carry the stockpot to a boil, then cut back warmth to a mild simmer. Add the charred onions, ginger, spice bag, salt, fish sauce, and rock sugar. Gently simmer uncovered for 3 hours, skimming off any foam that rises to the floor.

    5Use tongs to take away bones, onions, and ginger. Pressure the broth via a fine-mesh strainer. To take away the fats, skim it off with a spoon or refrigerate the broth in a single day (the fridge solidifies the fats on the high, which is simple to take away within the morning).

  • Assembling Pho
  • 1Place the strained broth right into a stockpot and simmer over medium-low warmth when you put together the noodles.

    2To arrange the noodles for cooking, place dried pho noodles in a bowl and canopy with scorching water. Soak for 15 to twenty minutes or till they’re comfortable and opaque. When you’ve got contemporary noodles, don’t cowl them with scorching water. Add them to a colander and rinse with chilly water.

    3Carry a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add noodles and prepare dinner briefly (about 10 seconds) till they soften. Drain the noodles and divide them evenly between serving bowls, filling every bowl about 1/3 of the way in which.

    4Prepare slices of uncooked meat over the noodles in every bowl. Fastidiously ladle the highly regarded broth over the meat, cooking it gently. Prime with onion slices and cilantro. Serve along with your favourite pho toppings on the desk.

Adam and Joanne’s Suggestions

  • Gear: Giant stockpot (10-quart capability or bigger), baking sheet, skillet, Muslin bag/herb sachet or cheesecloth with twine (for spices), and fine-mesh strainer
  • Black cardamom pod: Extremely suggest for it’s smoky taste, however optionally available. Discover in Worldwide and Asian markets or on-line.
  • Yellow rock sugar: Also called “lump sugar” offered in packing containers at Asian markets. Break into smaller chunks – use a hammer or rolling pin.
  • Uncooked beef: Ask your butcher to thinly slice or place beef into the freezer for quarter-hour to harden somewhat. Fastidiously slice the meat throughout the grain into 1/16-inch thick slices.
  • Recipe impressed by Andrea Nguyen of Viet World Kitchen and Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.
  • The vitamin info supplied under are estimates.

Vitamin Per Serving
23 g
74 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
Complete Sugars
6 g
Complete Fats
5 g
Saturated Fats
1 g
Ldl cholesterol
20 mg


Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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