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Vietnamese Prawn Soup - Pho Tom

Updated on January 10, 2015
Bowl of tasty shrimp pho
Bowl of tasty shrimp pho

Fragrant and Fabulous Shrimp Pho

Vietnamese Pho is tangy and fresh, with wonderful flavour and amazing health properties at the same time. For instant zing tuck into a bowl today!

It's not at all hard to make, in fact it's incredibly easy. So easy you'll wonder why you haven't been making it before.

All the ingredients for this tasty shrimp soup are either already in the Western kitchen or readily available in the supermarket.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 4 people


  • 850 ml Fish stock
  • 2 Cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 cup Rice vermicelli
  • 12 Large, fresh prawns (shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • bunch mint, Vietnamese mint, coriander or basi


  1. Bring the stock to boil, then turn down to simmer while you're preparing the rest of the ingredients
  2. Slice the cucumber into thin rounds or cut into fine matchsticks. Place on a plate and put it on the table.
  3. Place the herbs on a plate on the table.
  4. In another pot, boil water and then add the rice vermicelli. Turn off the heat and let the vermicelli soak for 5 minutes, then drain and place into four soup bowls.
  5. Put the shrimp into the bowls
  6. The Pho is now ready to serve. You can, with a large spoon or cup, ladle the stock into the soup bowls yourself. If you have a soup tureen, pour the pho into that, then bring it to the table so that guests can ladle for themselves.
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Nockie's Kitchen

Nockie Le is a Vietnamese-Australian who creates wonderful meals with vegetables and herbs straight from her own garden. Her bright, cheerful kitchen is the centre of her home.

Nockie coaches me in Vietnamese cooking while I show her my tried and true lamb roasts, and the iconic Australian lamingtons, a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Even better, Nockie is also my daughter-in-law

Prawn or Shrimp?

Prawn versus Shrimp

To most people the words 'prawn' and 'shrimp' mean something deliciously edible from the sea, probably with several legs and a hard shell.

Australians think of prawns as large animals seen in the fish shop or on the menu in a restaurant. To us, shrimps are smaller, the little pink things on the top of pizzas or maybe the small quick translucent creatures in rock pools.

There are differences between the two crustaceans but I'm not going to get into a discussion of Penaeidae and Caridea. Apart from being highly technical and liable to send you to sleep, it would be irrelevant.

Sufficient to say : A shrimp in the USA is a prawn in Australia!

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    • BusinessSarah profile image

      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      I could eat pho every day of my life and be quite happy. This is a fantastic lens, thanks so much -- I might try this myself this fall!

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      We love Pho; I'll be back.

    • Paul Ward profile image

      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I love Pho Tom - Vietnamese Prawn Soup but have to travel to London to get it or the ingredients - Vietnamese cooking hasn't hit NW England yet.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This meal is perfect. It's light, flavoursome and so easy to prepare.

    • LotusMalas profile image

      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Yum! Looks delicious!

    • garyrh1 profile image

      garyrh1 7 years ago

      I haven't tried Pho yet, but this definitely sounds delicious. I'd try it myself, but eh... I don't know what it is suppose to taste like!

    • StevenCousley profile image

      Steven Cousley 7 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Any recipe with prawns in it is fine by me. :)

      Everybody should be eating seafood at least twice a week and recipes like this make it quick easy. 5*