copycat pho - Vietnamese noodle soup at home!

November 02, 2013

Pho is one of my favorite foods, and I usually go out with friends about once a month to get some. It's a Vietnamese noodle soup that comes in many varieties, including seafood and vegetarian, but my favorite is beef. The basic format of the soup is broth, rice noodles, the protein of your choice, and a number of delicious spices. It's definitely something I recommend trying, especially if you haven't had it before! 

To make Pho (the easy, less authentic way) you will need:
  • Rice Noodles
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Thinly Sliced Beef - or meat of your choice
  • 1 can Chicken or Beef Broth
  • Allspice
  • Chicken or Beef Bouillon cubes
  • Fish Sauce
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
  • a Crock Pot.


For extra flavor:
  • Lime
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Bean Sprouts


First, slice 1/2 of your onion very thin. Put the rest aside for topping, if you'd like.
While doing so, boil 6 cups of water and drop in 3 bouillon cubes.

Sauté your onion with a bit of cinnamon, allspice, and fish sauce. It sounds really weird but I promise it's delicious! Then, pour the can of broth into your crock pot set on high. Once your onions are sauteed, scoop them into the crock pot along with the broth.

Then, sprinkle a bit of salt and garlic powder on your meat and brown it about halfway. Drop that into the pot as well.
Once your boullion has dissolved in the water, add that in with the meat and the original broth.

Stir the beginnings of your soup together, and add:
1/4 cup of fish sauce
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon sugar 
and 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

While your soup is cooking, boil 3 cups of water and add a bouillon cube. Once your water boils, add the noodles, and cook them as the package directs.

Then, chop your cilantro, and add it to the soup. Allow to cook for another 30 minutes.

To serve, add noodles to a bowl and ladle soup on top.
Add lime, hoisin sauce, and sriracha to taste.

Serves about 4.
Enjoy!

Have you ever had Pho?
What did you think?

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