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Vietnamese Beef Pho

a bowl of beef pho

Vietnamese beef pho is a big bowl of comforting goodness. Though it’s typically filled with steaming hot broth, rice noodles and a protein, you can personalize your pho with your favorite toppings.

Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 203
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 585mg
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 14g





For the broth
  1. Slice the ginger into about 6 medallions.
  2. In a large saucepan, add the fennel seeds, coriander, cinnamon and cloves and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the ginger and scallion pieces. Stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the beef broth, chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  5. Pour the broth through a strainer positioned over another saucepan; discard the solids.
  6. Add the fish sauce to the broth and keep warm over medium-low heat.
For the pho
  1. Meanwhile, boil the noodles according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the beef with the black pepper, brown sugar, cornstarch, fish sauce and soy sauce.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the beef and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes for rare meat.
  5. Divide the noodles, beef and broth among the bowls and garnish with reserved sliced scallion, cilantro, bean sprouts and jalapeño.

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