Beef Pho soup

Beef Pho soup is a Vietnamese classic. It is a light fragrant and nutritious broth and is perfect for warming the body during winter. This recipe can be made over a few days for a really intense flavor.

Serves 4-6

1.5 kg Beef ribs

2 brown onions

2 medium carrots

3 celery stalks

5 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced

10cm p of fresh ginger – thinly sliced

12 black peppercorns

8 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 star anise pods

5 cardamon pods

4 litres of water

3 tablespoons fish sauce


To serve

200g vermicelli noodles

100g bean sprouts

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 cup Fresh Vietnamese mint leaves

1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves

4 spring onions thinly sliced

sambal olek / fresh small red chillies thinly sliced to taste


Pre heat oven to 220ºC / 200ºC fan forced oven. Place bones, onion, carrot and celery in large baking dish and roast uncovered until browned (45min).

Drain excess fat and place bones and vegetables in large pot with water, spices and fish sauce. Boil uncovered for minimum 1 1/2 hrs (longer if possible).

Strain and remove beef and shred. Discard fat and vegetables and allow to cool. Once cool remove fat layer from pot.


To serve

Return broth to heat and add shredded beef and soy sauce.

Heat noodles in bowl of boiling water and stand for 5-10 min until tender.

Divide noodles among bowls, ladle in broth and beef and add bean sprouts, chilli or sambal and fresh herbs


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