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Vietnamese Beef Pho (Pho Bo) Recipe (with Video)

Soup, Vietnamese, Noodles

Discover our Vietnamese Beef Pho (Pho Bo) Recipe, a International recipe perfect as a main course recipe. Download the Flavrs app for 1000+ free food videos and recipes!

Serving size

Prep 1h | Cook 8h


- 5.5 lb beef bones
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 1 Yellow onion, whole
- 2 Ginger, whole
- 1 medium rock sugar
- 6 tbsp Fish sauce
- 1.5 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp MSG
Spice Mix
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 1.5 tbsp white peppercorns
- 6 Star anise
To Serve
- rice noodles
- Green onions, to garnish
- Cilantro, to garnish
- rare ribeye slices
- cooked beef tendons
- vietnamese beef meatballs
- thai basil
- beansprouts
- Limes
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Parboiling the beef bones
1. In a large pot, fill with cold water, the beef bones, and 1 tbsp salt.
2. Bring it to a hard boil for 5 minutes.
3. Allow for all the impurities to release and drain all the liquid.
4. Clean the bones and clean the pot.
5. Set aside.
Charring the onion and ginger
1. Over the stove, char your yellow onion and ginger with skin on.
2. Turn off the heat.
3. Remove the skin from the white onion and ginger.
4. Halve the yellow onion and cut the ginger into thick slices.
Toasting the aromatics
1. In a small pan, lightly toast your aromatics: cinnamon sticks, white peppercorns, and star anise over medium-low heat.
2. It should be done once your white peppercorns begin to pop.
3. Place all the spices into a spice bag.
Preparing the broth
1. In the cleaned pot, add back your cleaned bones, charred white onion and ginger, and toasted spice bag.
2. Add 1 tbsp salt and 1 medium rock sugar.
3. Fill with 16 cups of water and bring to the stove over high heat.
4. Once the broth reaches a boil, lower the heat to simmer and allow to simmer for 8 hours.
5. Monitor periodically to remove excess fat, impurities, and/or to add more water to the pot to maintain the amount of broth.
Finalizing the broth
1. After 8 hours, remove the bones, spices, ginger, and onion.
2. Discard all.
3. Season the broth with fish sauce, sugar, and MSG.
4. Taste and adjust accordingly.
Serving the dish
1. Serve over rice noodles, proteins of choice, green onions, cilantro, and black pepper.

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