Beef Pho

Pho is an incredibly popular dish throughout Vietnam and is often eaten at all times of the day.

It is generally considered to be Vietnam’s national dish and can be found in restaurants ad as street food.

Pho consists of a broth, rice noodles, herbs and spices and meat although of course it can be made as a vegetarian dish ideally with a more substantial key ingredient.

If you enjoy this recipe why not look at the other Southeast Asian inspired recipes.

Serves: 2 people
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:  20 minutes 


750ml good quality beef stock

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

3cm fresh ginger, finely chopped

1 cinnamon stick

2 tsp fish sauce

2 cloves

100g rice noodles

Lime wedges

Sriracha chilli sauce (or other hot sauce) to serve

200g thinly sliced rump or sirloin steak

2 red chillies, finely chopped

Bunch spring onions, sliced

1 star anise

2 tsp palm sugar

Beansprouts – handful

Fresh coriander – handful, chopped

Fresh Thai Basil (or normal Basil) – handful, chopped

Hoisin Sauce to serve


  • Pour the beef stock into a pan and add the ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, palm sugar, fish sauce and chilli. Simmer for 15 minutes
  • While the stock is simmering cook the noodles as per packet instructions – generally in boiling water for around 10 minutes
  • Once the beef stock has been simmering for 15 minutes add the cooked noodles to the stock pot.
  • Add the steak, beansprouts, coriander, Thai basil and spring onions to the pot
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately. The final ingredients will continue to cook in the hot broth
  • Serve with a lime wedge and sriracha and hoisin sauce to taste

Main picture credit Deashoot on flickr

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