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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.21 / 5 (57 votes)

Prep time:
5 min
Cook time:
15 min

Pho is considered the 'chicken noodle soup' of Vietnam - the ultimate cure-all, perfect for soothing the soul, warding off colds and easing a hangover.


1. Put the rice noodles into a large bowl, cover with lots of boiling water and leave to soak according to packet instructions.

2. For the broth: put the beef stock cube into a large saucepan and cover with 1 litre boiling water. Add the marrow bones and the shin of beef.

3. Add the spices and ginger to the broth pan and simmer, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface.

4. Meanwhile put the mint and coriander leaves, chilli, lime wedges and some fish sauce into separate small bowls so people can help themselves to each later.

5. Divide the rice noodles among 6 serving bowls.

6. Bring the broth back to a vigorous simmer. Take a large soup ladle and lay a quarter of the fillet steak slices over the sides of the ladle. Dip the ladle into the boiling stock so the meat is covered and leave for 5-10 seconds, or until the beef has changed to pale pink. Pour into one of the bowls and top up with extra broth to cover the noodles.

7. Repeat the cooking of the steak for each of the bowls. Serve immediately with the small bowls of herbs, chilli and spring onions on the side for scattering over and the bowls of lime and fish sauce for seasoning.


  • 175 g dried rice noodles
  • few handfuls mint leaves
  • few handfuls coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 6 large spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • fish sauce
  • 75 g bean sprouts
  • 275 g fillet steak, thinly sliced

For the broth

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I used my own beef stock for this and found it gorgeous. It also meant I didn't have to mess about with marrowbones and shin. I don't think I'd even bother with a thin "stock" from a cube...

LewisR31408 LewisR31408  Posted 30 May 2012 8:36 PM

This recipe is all wrong. Making Pho is a longer process, and so many vital steps are left out.

Jer1066 Jer1066  Posted 19 Jul 2011 1:21 AM

As this is traditionally a beef dish I think it is wrong to try and sell Chicken as the taditional vietnamese breakfast.. other than that he uses the wrong noodles.. very basic errors

JamesW17355 JamesW17355  Posted 25 Nov 2009 12:01 PM