Vietnamese Pho Bo Recipe 越南牛肉粉秘方

Vietnamese Beef Noodle

Pho is a Vietnamese soup, cooked with herbs and meat, usually beef and sometimes chicken, topped with fresh herbs, scallion and bean sprout. I created this recipe out of the blue by request from a good friend of mine who loves Vietnamese food! Here is how you can cook pho when you are abroad!

Lead Time :  3 hours

Serve 5

Ingredients – Broth

  • 500g of Beef Brisket
  • 500g of Flank Steak
  • 2 pcs of Chicken Carcasses
  • 1 stick of Cinnamon
  • 6 pcs of Star Anise
  • 1 cup of Shallot
  • 2 inches chunk of Ginger (Crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp of Five Spice Powder (or 1/2 tsp of Cardamon Pod)
  • 1 tbsp of Rock Sugar
  • Fish Sauce to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • 8 liters of Water

Procedure – Broth

  1. Cut beef brisket into 1/2 inches in length and set aside.
  2. Cut flank steak into half and thinly slice half of it while leaving the other half for the broth.
  3. Prepare a large pot and fill it with 8 liters of water. Bring to a boil.
  4. As the water are heating up, add beef brisket, whole chunk of flank steak, chicken carcasses, cinnamon stick, star anise, shallots, ginger and five spice powder.
  5. Add rock sugar and lightly season with fish sauce and salt.
  6. As it is heating up, continuously skimming away any foam that shows up.
  7. Once it reached boiling point, reduce to a simmer and keep covered for 2 hours.
  8. After 2 hours, remove chicken carcass and discard. Transfer beef brisket and chunk of flank steak to another container.
  9. Give the broth a taste and season with fish sauce, salt and sugar to your personal preference.

Serving – Topping

  • Rice Noodle or Flat Rice Noodle
  • Thai Basil Leaves (if not accessible in your region, try with any local basil)
  • Chopped spring onion/scallion
  • Chopped Coriander
  • Bean Sprout
  1. Prepare a bowl of rice noodle.
  2. Slice the chunk of flank steak and add a few pieces on top of the rice noodle.
  3. Also add beef brisket and raw slices of flank steak on top of the rice noodle.
  4. Pour in hot broth, the broth should cook the raw flank steak.
  5. Top it up with chopped coriander, chopped spring onion, bean sprout and thai basil.
  6. Serve with condiments.

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