Traditional Vietnamese Beef Pho Recipe

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Florence Marshall Modified: March 21, 2022
Traditional Vietnamese Beef Pho Recipe

How To Make Traditional Vietnamese Beef Pho

Skip the takeout and whip up your own beef pho at home! It’s a Vietnamese dish loaded with tender beef and noodles, all simmered in a savory beef broth.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 5 hours 20 minutes
Total: 5 hours 25 minutes



  • 10lbmixed beef leg bones,such as shin, knuckle and marrow bones
  • 12ozginger,(2 large hands), halved lengthwise
  • 1large garlic head,halved crosswise
  • 20cupsmedium yellow onion,(4 kg), halved lengthwise
  • 8cinnamon sticks
  • ¼cupwhole black peppercorn
  • 6whole star anise pods
  • 1lbbeef brisket
  • kosher salt
  • ¼cupfish sauce,plus more to taste
  • 1lbsirloin steak,boneless
  • 1lbflat rice noodles,cooked according to package instructions

For Serving:

  • 2cupsfresh mung bean sprouts
  • 1small red onion,very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1jalapeño,sliced into thin rounds
  • 1bunchfresh Thai basil
  • 1lime,cut into wedges
  • hoisin sauce
  • sriracha


  1. Place the beef bones in a large stockpot, then add enough cold water to cover by 2-inches.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat and cook for 10 minutes to blanch the bones and remove any impurities.

  3. Set a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the broiler.

  4. Drain the bones in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Return the blanched bones to the stockpot.

  5. Meanwhile, arrange the ginger, garlic, and onions cut-side up on a rimmed baking sheet and broil on high for 5 minutes until the aromatics are deeply charred in spots. Remove from the oven and add to the stockpot with the bones.

  6. Meanwhile, combine the cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and star anise in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Toast for about 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the spices are darkened in spots and extremely fragrant.

  7. Add the toasted spices to the stockpot.

  8. Season the brisket liberally with salt and add it to the stockpot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover everything by 1-inch.

  9. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium to maintain a gentle simmer for 2 to 3 hours, skimming off and discarding any fat that floats to the top as needed, until the brisket is fork-tender.

  10. Using tongs, transfer the brisket to a plate and let cool completely. Refrigerate the brisket until ready to serve.

  11. Continue to simmer the broth for 3 to 4 hours more to get as much flavor out of the bones as possible.

  12. Using tongs, remove and discard the bones and aromatics. Slowly strain the broth through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large pot. Skim and discard the fat from the broth, then stir in the fish sauce. Taste and add more as desired.

  13. Thinly slice the brisket. Very thinly slice the raw sirloin steak against the grain.

To Assemble:

  1. Divide the noodles among 8 large bowls, then top with the brisket and raw steak.

  2. Ladle the hot broth over the noodles and meat and serve immediately with the bean sprouts, onion, jalapeño, Thai basil, lime wedges, hoisin sauce, and sriracha alongside.

  3. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 1466.00kcal
  • Fat: 49.54g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.06g
  • Trans Fat: 1.42g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 102.54g
  • Fiber: 12.19g
  • Sugar: 19.91g
  • Protein: 155.45g
  • Cholesterol: 454.73mg
  • Sodium: 2918.71mg
  • Calcium: 295.97mg
  • Potassium: 3440.29mg
  • Iron: 16.85mg
  • Vitamin A: 31.13µg
  • Vitamin C: 44.34mg
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