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How to Make Vietnamese Beef Soup - Pho Bo

Updated on September 19, 2014

Pho is perfect for any weather

Beef Pho Noodle Soup

To make authentic Pho Bo, you should make the beef broth yourself, but I know a shortcut.

You can make a delicious Vietnamese beef soup with a can of beef broth, a can of beef consomme and some good quality boneless beef sirloin.

It's simple enough, and quick enough, for any novice cook to whip up and the choice of garnish will inspire a seasoned veteran of the kitchen.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 4 - 6

Ingredients for Pho Bo

500g - 1 lb good quality boneless beef sirloin

For the Beef Broth

1 can clear beef broth

1 can condensed beef consomme

2 tablespoons soya sauce

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 cinnamon stick

For the Pho

Wide rice noodles (banh pho )

1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots

2 cups fresh bean sprouts

For the Topping

1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

2 small chili peppers (optional)

Before you start ...

Before you start, pop the beef sirloin into the freezer (for about 45 minutes). Freezing for a short time lets you cut very fine slices.


  1. Take a large pot and combine the cans of broth and consomme with the water
  2. Add the soy sauce, ginger and cinnamon stick
  3. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 30 mins
  4. Discard the cinnamon stick
  5. Slice the beef into very thin slices
  6. Put the noodles into a large bowl and pour hot water over. Let them stand
  7. Drain noodles and add with the carrots to the simmering broth. 3 mins
  8. Add the sliced beef and bean sprouts to the broth. 1 min
  9. Take the pot off the heat and stir in coriander, basil and the optional peppers.
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Garnish the Pho

Vietnamese dishes are typically served with lots of greens, herbs, dipping sauces, lime and lemon.

A Bowl of Pho tastes better with Chopsticks

So you want to tuck into your steaming bowl of pho but unsure how to go about it?

Take your chopsticks in one hand and a soup spoon in the other hand.

Spoon up a little broth and have a good slurp. Pick up some noodles with your chopsticks. Then select pieces of ingredients from the bowl and enjoy them individually or together with the broth and noodle.


Elegant Bowls and Chopsticks

Large Japanese 2 Pc Rice Soup Bowl Set with Chopstick & spoon BR
Large Japanese 2 Pc Rice Soup Bowl Set with Chopstick & spoon BR

Classic porcelain bowls glazed in a rich black.

Comprises 2 bowls, 2 spoons, & 2 chopsticks


How about you?

Do you Pho?

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© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      I love Vietnamese, like Chinese food but even better

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy. Now that the weather is starting to turn already :( we can give hot soup a try.

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @VigilantChef LM: This is my shortcut, simple version for anyone to make

    • VigilantChef LM profile image

      VigilantChef LM 

      6 years ago

      Don't they use star anise in Pho?

    • VigilantChef LM profile image

      VigilantChef LM 

      6 years ago

      I'm addicted to Pho - my favorite Vietnamese restaurant is in Huntington Beach | Westminster

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      7 years ago

      Thank you, the great cook for posting this incredible beef soup recipe, haha!

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      8 years ago

      My absolute bestest favouritest food in the whole wide world!!!! Your lens is just as tasty :)

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      Sue Mah 

      8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      I tried this once at a Vietnamese restaurant and i liked it very much. Thanks for the "short-cut" recipe.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on your star!

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      Love that "fusion" thing. Must try this recipe.

    • Grasmere Sue profile image

      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      This looks easier to make than I thought- I might give it a try! Congratulations on your purple star.

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! You've just received a Purple Star on this lens from Treasures-by-Brenda!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      This soup is different...never seen it before. Sounds good!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Susan, you always come up with some of the most fascinating recipes and ideas. I haven't tried Pho before, but I bet my family would really enjoy this recipe.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I haven't eaten Pho, but it does look interesting.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      We've only started eating Pho in the last couple of years when a restaurant opened nearby. Making Pho at home would be a big hit, thanks for the idea.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love Pho, but never made it myself. It sure looks easy enough here. Just curious, does putting the meat in the freezer make it easier to slice thinly? (Didn't Pho originate in NZ?)


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