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How to Make Pho: Pho Bo A Classic Vietnamese Pho

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Pho is the national soup of Vietnam. Pho soup whether it is beef pho or chicken pho is the staple food of streetside stalls and eateries throughout Vietnam. Pho is considered the peoples food in this Southeast Asian country. Pho soup is a dish that is highly influenced from a French dish called "pot au feu" which was just a meal of meat and vegetables in a rich broth. The most important part of a pho recipe is the broth. If made right you will have a fantastic pho recipe!
  Dried rice noodles 200 Gram
  Onions 1⁄2 Medium
  Ginger 4 Inch, cut in half
  Beef shank 5 Pound
  Rump/Chuck 1 Pound
  Pure water 1 1⁄2 Gallon
  Salt 1 Tablespoon
  Fish sauce 2 Tablespoon
  Garlic cloves 4 , quartered
  Flank steak 1 Pound
For bouquet garni
  Cinnamon stick 2 Inch, break in 1/2
  Coriander seed 1 Tablespoon
  Fennel seed 1 Tablespoon
  Cardamon 1
  Whole cloves 4
  Whole black peppercorns 10
  White peppercorn 10 , whole
For nouc cham
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fish sauce 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Rice wine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Garlic cloves 4
  Thai chiles 4 (red and green)
  Sesame oil 1 Tablespoon
  Lime 1 , juiced
For serving
  Basil leaves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Bean sprouts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cilantro 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Lime wedge 4 Small
  Scallion 8 Small
  Eye of round 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), very thinly sliced
  Hoisin sauce 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Optional)
  Sriracha 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Optional)

1. On a working table, place a piece of cheese cloth, and place all the ingredients for bouquet garni on it and tie all the corners together to make a bundle.
2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for nouc cham, stir well to mix and set aside to incorporate the flavours.

3. In a stockpot, put marrowbones and fill with water.
4. Bring water to a boil and blanch the bones for 10-15 minutes, remove
5. After 15 minutes, drain the bones and rinse them under cold water.
6. In a clean stockpot, filled with fresh water, put bones and bring to a boil.
7. Once boiling lower the heat to the lowest simmer.
8. Add in onion, ginger, beef and bouquet garni, fish sauce, garlic and salt, simmer the broth for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, uncovered.
9. While cooking remove the impurities from the surface using a slotted spoon and discard.
10. After 2 hours, remove the beef and slice it thin and set aside.
11. Continue to simmer the broth for another 1 1/2 hours, until it reduces a bit.
12. Strain the broth through a fine strainer into another pot and then return the broth to the original stockpot.

13. Heat the strained broth and bring to a slow boil
14. In a pot with water prepare the rice noodles as per the packet instructions.
15. Prepare the topping ingredients.

16. In a soup bowl, put rice noodle, sliced meat and ladle broth over it.
17. Serve hot topped with bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, scallions, eye of round steak slices and sriracha and hoisin sauce or nouc cham sauce.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
260 Minutes
Ready In: 
290 Minutes
This is the national soup of Vietnam and is simply delicious. This soup has an amazing combination of beef and vegetables. It's perfect for the winter, so surely try it out.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 598 Calories from Fat 218

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 24 g37.1%

Saturated Fat 8.6 g43.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 127.6 mg42.5%

Sodium 1699 mg70.8%

Total Carbohydrates 30 g9.9%

Dietary Fiber 2.4 g9.5%

Sugars 9.9 g

Protein 58 g116.8%

Vitamin A 1.9% Vitamin C 7.6%

Calcium 9% Iron 41.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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