Beef noodle Pho – the best traditional foods in Vietnam

Vietnamese beef noodle Pho is known as a traditional Vietnamese food with  not only attractive flavor but also supply us with a huge amount of nutrients.

You probably already know that beef is an extremely nutritious ingredient. It contains a large amount of protein, energy and fat. In addition, it also provide essential minerals for our health such as calcium and iron…

Not only beef, pho also brings a lot of useful nutrients such as starch and protein. Vitamins B and C are also abundant in noodle because it is mainly made from rices.

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Beside the two main ingredients above, beef noodle also contains a lot of other ingredients. To make a delicious bowl of Pho, the biggest merit belongs to the broth. The broth has to be slow cook from bones,  vegetables and herbs, with many secret recipes, each with a different flavor and its own unique. With a spoon of sweet broth, bite a piece of soft noodle with an under done slice of beef that people can understand why Pho is Hanoi specialties or Asian delicacies. By the harmonious combination of unique ingredients, Pho is a not only delicious but also nutritious food. To eat a good bowl of Pho, you may either go to a Vietnamese restaurant or make yourself a happy meal with our recipe. You can find the best Vietnamese recipe to make an unforgettable food in here.

Ingredients (for 4-5 bowls of Pho)

700 gram of beef (to make ripe beef)

500 gram of beef (to make rare beef)

1.5 kilogram of beef bones

6 pods star anise

2 cardamom

2 – 4 cm cinamon

1 ginger root

5 dried shallot

2 onion

1.5 kilogram rice noodles

Seasoning, fish sauce, sugar, coriandrum sativum, green onion

Essential tools for cooking pho

Chopping board




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How to cook beef noodle Pho at home

Step 1: The first step is to clean the beef bones, then blanch it.

Next, put the beef bones into a large pot, pour about 5 to 7 liters of water. Bring stockpot with parboiled bones and water to a boil then lower to a gentle simmer in about 2:30 am - 3 hours at moderate fire. If at any time foam or scum rises to the surface, use a spoon to remove it.

Step 2: You take cardamon, star anise, cinnamon, dried onions and ginger and grill them, then remove any charred skin and set aside.. For ginger and dried shallot, crush them. Next, put all these ingredients in a pot of water to swimmer with bones.

Step 3: You add one tablespoon of seasoning powder, 1 teaspoon of monosodium glutamate, one tablespoon of sugar and the next is ¼ cup of delicious fish sauce in the bone water pot. After that, please try again to fit your taste.

Step 4: Put 700 gram of beef in a pot of broth, boil until cooked and don't let the meat get well stewed. Then you proceed to cut out the big version. Beef after being boiled is sliced ​​thinly.

Step 5: For the rare beef, slice thinly ​​and then marinate with a thin sliced ​​ginger.

Step 6: You take an onion, cut it in half and drop it into the broth.

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Ready to serve and decorate beef noodle

After finishing all the ingredients, proceed to present an attractive bowl of Pho.

The ingredients needed to present an attractive bowl of beef noodle soup

You blanch the noodle with boiling water and then drain it into a bowl. Arrange the noodles in the bases of deep serving bowls and add slices of cooked meat on top. Garnish with onion, spring onion and coriander. Finally, you just need to fill the hot broth into the bowl of pho is complete.

Herbs are used to eat with pho

For beef noodle , you can comfortably decorate as your favorite. However, since beef noodle soup has been very attractive, you just need to decorate it simply. You can use chili sauce to decorate or a little more picky, trim the flowers with fruit to help the dish more lively.

A finished bowl of beef noodle soup after being presented looks extremely attractive.

Enjoy your beef noodle

To savour your meal, don’t forget add a slice of lemon and some cilantros. It definitely increases the taste of your food. In addition, you can add quẩy and bean-sprouts. Use chili sauce or chili to explode your taste.

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A few tips when cooking beef noodle Pho

You should choose beef tenderloin that is dark red, white fat and has good elasticity.

Use beef bones for  sweeter and tastier broths.

As for seasoning, you can adjust it to suit your taste better.

When blanching rice noodles, you should not bare them for too long because they will make noodles to lose the toughness needed.

Different types of Pho in Vietnam

For more advanced Pho tasting, you can order a mix of cooked and raw beef brisket or tendon. Each kind of noodle serves customers with different tastes and bring variety of experiences.

Famous Pho restaurant brands in Vietnam

Ly Quoc Su beef noodle soup: 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Pho Bat Dan: 49 Bat Dan, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Ancient Hanoi (Phở Xưa): 39 Doan Ke Thien, Mai Dich, Cau Giay, Hanoi

Pho Thịnh: 39 Ton Duc Thang, Quoc Tu Giam, Dong Da, Hanoi

Pho Hanoi: 129 Hoang Van Thai, Khuong Trung, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi

Pho Cồ: 148 Lang Pagoda, Lang Thuong, Dong Da, Hanoi

Pho Thìn: 13 Lo Duc, Pham Dinh Ho, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Pho Sướng: 36B Mai Hac De, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Pho Vui: 25 Hang Giay, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Reference sources: Vietnamese food cookbooks