PHO BO – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup Recipe

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Ingredients (8 servings)
For the broth:
1-3kg beef marrow/knuckle bones = 2-6 lb, the more the merrier ^^
500g beef (1 lb, outside flank, brisket or cross rib roast)
1 onion
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
For the PHO aroma:
2 piece ginger (size of your thumb), sliced
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
2-3 black cardamoms
1 medium onion ( or 3 shallots)
Optional: 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp coriander seeds (or 3 coriander roots)
For the bowls:
1kg dried flat rice noodle “banh pho” (2lb dried or 4lb fresh noodle)
300g fresh beef (eye of round/ fillet mignon), finely sliced
Garnishes
1 medium yellow onion, sliced paper-thin, left to soak for 30 minutes in a bowl of cold water
4 spring onion, white part separated, green part chopped.
Asian/Thai basil (hung que), Sawtooth herbs (ngo gai)
Lime wedges, blanched bean sprouts, hoisin sauce, siracha etc.

PHO with Chicken:

You might need a soup pot for this recipe

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Comment (35)

  1. Hey Helen! I’m addicted to your Pho Bo!
    I recently went to a Vietnamese restaurant and saw “pho bo sa ot” on the menu, with the description saying it was a “tangy pho bo” with lemon grass. Do you have a recipe or a video talking about this dish? Thanks!

  2. can you make a video of pho bo in an instant pot.. if you own one.. i have the 6 n 1.. and want to see a video of how its done please.. and i think your the best example to look at tutorial. thanks chi.

  3. Chào Helene, theo nhu recipe này và sau khi nấu 2 hrs vớt thịt & hành ra …tôi thêm nước cho đủ 5 lít …Helene có thể giúp tôi nêm thêm gia vị bao nhiêu nữa ( muối, đường…) thì nước lèo phở Ngon, cám ơn Helene nha

  4. Pho is my favorite noodle beef soup I eat this at least 3 times a week.Thank you Helen for showing us how to make this Pho soup I like the broth super duper hot if the broth is not hot I'll be done with pho before I start.

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