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Authentic Pho Bo Soup

This authentic pho isn't quick, but it is delicious. The key is in the broth, which gets simmered for at least 6 hours.
Course Soup, Starter
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keywords Pho Bo Soup
Protein Beef
Cooking Method Boiled
Hot/Cold Dish Hot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author jughandle

What You Will Need:

For The Bone Broth
  • 4 pounds beef soup bones
  • 1 onion - unpeeled and cut in half
  • 5 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 pods star anise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 quarts water
For The Dish
  • 8 ounce dried rice noodles - 8 ounce package
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef top sirloin - or thinly sliced Rib-Eye Steak
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 1 lime - cut into 4 wedges
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce - optional
  • 1/4 cup chile-garlic sauce - such as Sriracha® (optional)

Equipment Needed:

  • baking sheet
  • large stockpot


To Make The Bone Broth

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Place beef bones on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven until browned, about 1 hour.
  • Scatter the onions on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven until blackened and soft, about 45 minutes.
  • Add bones, onion, ginger, salt, star anise, and fish sauce to a large stockpot and cover with 4 quarts of water.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 6 to 10 hours.
  • Strain the broth into a saucepan and set aside.

To Make The Dish

  • Place rice noodles in large bowl filled with room temperature water and allow to soak for 1 hour.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and after the noodles have soaked, place them in the boiling water for 1 minute.
  • Heat the stock to a simmer. Use either the stock you made or store bought
  • Divide noodles among 4 serving bowls; top with sirloin, cilantro, and green onion. Pour hot broth over the top. Stir and let sit until the beef is partially cooked and no longer pink, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve with bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime wedges, hoisin sauce, and chile-garlic sauce on the side.



Note:  For best results, use shank and knee bones.


Nutrition Facts
Authentic Pho Bo Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 3882mg169%
Potassium 773mg22%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 11.2mg14%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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