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Vietnamese 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.
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For the broth
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 scallions, sliced (plus additional for garnish)
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth (gluten free if needed)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (gluten free if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce (gluten free if needed)
For the pho
  • 10 oz dried flat rice noodles
  • 12 oz sirloin steak or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp fish sauce (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced or
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 7 oz bean sprouts
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced or sriracha sauce, to taste


For the broth 

Make the broth: In a large saucepan, add the fennel seeds, coriander, cinnamon and cloves and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the ginger and scallion pieces. Stir for 30 seconds. Add the beef broth and chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Pour the broth through a strainer positioned over another saucepan; discard the solids. Add the fish sauce to the broth and keep warm over medium-low heat.

For the pho 

Make the pho: Meanwhile, boil the noodles according to package directions. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the beef with the black pepper, brown sugar, cornstarch, fish sauce and soy sauce. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 30 seconds. Add the beef and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes for rare meat. Divide the noodles, beef and broth among the bowls and garnish with reserved sliced scallion, cilantro, bean sprouts and jalapeño.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size:

1 cup

Per Serving:

Calories: 203

Fat: 9g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 585mg

Carbohydrates: 34g

Fiber: 1g

Protein: 14g


Serves 8

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Date Last Reviewed: May 15, 2019

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