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Easy Vietnamese Pho

Updated On: Apr 29, 2024

If you want a “quick pho” then try this Easy Vietnamese Pho recipe. No it’s not authentic because it doesn’t require hours and hours of rendering bones, but the addition of aromatic spices to beef broth really makes this quick recipe really delicious.

my simple version of Vietnamese Pho

Have you ever made Vietnamese Pho before?  If you have or know someone who’s serious about their Pho, then you know that you need to go to the butcher and buy a bunch of marrow filled bones, ox tails and a big beef brisket and cook them for hours and hours and hours with onions and ginger and spices which results in the most amazing beef broth you will ever taste.

For those of us that don’t have the ability, or time, to take on such a project I have adapted the recipe to have delicious Beef Pho (pronounced Fuh) on your table in less than an hour.  Yep, no 18 hours of braising bones or 60 minutes or less.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Flank Steak
  • Rice noodles
  • Garnishes: Carrots, Sliced Onions, Cilantro, Bean Sprouts, Jalapeño, Hoisin sauce, Sriracha, Nam Pla
  • Beef broth or stock
  • Black peppercorns
  • Sea salt
  • Ginger
  • Spices: Bay leaf, Star anise, Fennel seeds, Cardamom pod, Cinnamon stick, Whole cloves, Coriander seeds
ingredients to make homemade pho

How to make this recipe

Add ginger and peppercorns to beef stock. In a tea strainer basket or a piece of cheesecloth add the remaining spices and close the tea strainer securely (or tie off the cheesecloth) and add to the broth. Bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes and then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the rice noodles according to the package. Drain just before serving or the noodles will stick together. Slice flank steak super thin against the grain. Cut into strips that will be bite sized. Slice all veggies super thin and arrange on a plate for serving at the table.

To serve: add a portion of noodles to a bowl, ladle beef broth over and shake the bowl a bit to incorporate the beef broth into the noodles.  Lay the slices of raw meat over the noodles and add another ladle or 2 of broth.  The boiling beef broth will cook the meat in your bowl.  Garnish with veggies and sauces of choice at the table.

my simple version of Vietnamese Pho

Easy Vietnamese Pho

Easy Vietnamese Pho recipe using premade beef stock with tons of aromatic spices.
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8 Servings

Ingredients
  

Pho Broth

  • 10 cups beef stock
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 1- inch piece ginger peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ star anise
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 cardamom pod or 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

Garnishes

  • ½ lb flank steak sliced super thin against the grain (freezing for 10-15 minutes will help in cutting the steak ultra thin)
  • 8 oz rice stick noodles cooked and drained according to package
  • 1 lime wedged
  • Cilantro basil and/or mint
  • Thinly sliced: carrots onions, green onions, ginger, jalapeno or cayenne peppers
  • Minced garlic
  • Bean sprouts
  • Hoisin sauce Sriracha sauce and/or Nam Pla (Fish Sauce) for serving

Instructions
 

  • Add beef stock to a large stock pot. Toss in the ginger and black peppercorns. In a tea strainer basket or a piece of cheesecloth add the remaining spices and close the tea strainer securely (or tie off the cheesecloth) and add to the broth. Bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes and then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the rice noodles according to the package.  Drain just before serving or the noodles will stick together.
  • Slice flank steak super thin against the grain.  Cut into strips that will be bite sized.  Slice all veggies super thin and arrange on a plate for serving at the table.

To serve

  • Add a portion of noodles to a bowl, ladle beef broth over and shake the bowl a bit to incorporate the beef broth into the noodles.  Lay the slices of raw meat over the noodles and add another ladle or 2 of broth.  The boiling beef broth will cook the meat in your bowl.  Garnish with veggies and sauces of choice at the table.
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.

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  1. This looks amazing!
    My G would LOVE me to make this!
    You need to come to my house and teach me a GOURMET things or two! xo
    Thanks for your SWEETNESS Heather!
    Love your style…and YOU!
    xo

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