How to Make Faux Pho


My wife and I love to travel, one of the best things about traveling is getting to try new foods that aren’t available in our city. One of our favorite dishes is pho. Pho (pronounced fuh as in fun without the “n”) is a Vietnamese noodle soup.

When we travel to different cities, we often look up pho restaurants on Yelp and order some. We have had pho in 5 different states. If you haven’t noticed, we really like it.

Where we currently live – Jonesboro, Arkansas – we cannot get pho, so we decided to take a shot at making our own. We scoured the interwebs and pieced together a recipe from many different ones that we saw.

Though it was not exactly the same as we get at a restaurant, it was still pretty good. If you have any suggestions to improve upon what we have come up with, please tell us, because we want to have a great pho recipe.

Below I will tell you what we used.

Pho Ingredients

Do it yourself (faux) Phô.

I used:

8 cups of unsalted beef stock

1 onion

3 whole cloves

4 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

1 ginger root

4 minced garlic gloves

1 tablespoon of fish sauce

1lb of round eye beef

Rice noodles

Bean sprouts

1/2 of a lime

Fresh basil

Hoisin sauce

Sriracha sauce


Cut onions into thin rings

Peel ginger

Mince the garlic

Put ginger, garlic, cinnamon, anise, and cloves into a cheesecloth and tie

Bring beef stock to a boil with fish sauce, onions, and the cheesecloth full of spices, covered, for 45 minutes to an hour (reduce to medium heat after brought to boil)

Slice beef into very thin slices

Put rice noodles in already boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then rinse with cold water and separate into the bowls

Put the uncooked beef on top of the noodles

Pour the boiling stock (minus the cheesecloth) onto the meat and noodles

Add desired garnishments and sauces


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