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Pho (Vietnamese Beef Soup) Recipe


  •   4 lb Beef shin with bones or 2 medium oxtails, cut up.
  • 1 md Onion, unpeeled
  • 5 Slices fresh ginger
  • 1 Piece star anise
  • 1 t Salt
  • 2 1/2 tb Chinese fish sauce
  • 1 Bundle medium Chinese vermicelli
  • Boiling water
  • 1/2 lb Leftover cooked sirloin (or beef tenderloin or eye chuck), thinly sliced
  • 3 Scallions, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Pepper
  • Fresh chiles, sliced


  1. Boil beef (with bones) or oxtails in 3 qts cold water. Skim off foam and fat. Cover and simmer for 4 hours.
  2. Broil onion until flesh is soft, turning often. Peel.  Add onion, ginger, anise, salt, and fish sauce to beef broth just before it has finished simmering.
  3. Also just before beef broth finishes simmering, drop  vermicelli into a pot of boiling water. Cook 8 minutes, remove from water, rinse in cold water, and  drain.
  4. Divide vermicelli into three equal portions and place in 3 individual serving bowls.
  5. Divide beef into 3 equal portions and place on top of vermicelli in the bowls. Garnish each bowl with scallions and 2 or 3 fresh cilantro sprigs.
  6. Strain broth, reserving beef and flavorings. Pour one cup broth over contents of each bowl. Sprinkle with pepper and chiles. Serve immediately.
  7. Reserved beef,  flavorings, and extra broth can be eaten separately

Slow Cooker Beef Pho Recipe


  • 225 g beef top sirloin grilling steaks very thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 pkg rice stick noodles (about 1/4 inch/5mm wide), cooked

Vietnamese Beef Broth:

  • 2 onions (skin-on), halved
  • 3/4 cups chopped fresh ginger (skin-on)
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon each coriander seeds and black peppercorns
  • 225 kg beef soup bones
  • 1 carrots chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 strips lime zest
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Arrange onions, ginger and garlic on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; broil until slightly charred, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Meanwhile, in small skillet, toast cinnamon sticks, star anise, coriander seeds and peppercorns over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes; add to slow cooker along with beef bones, carrot, fish sauce and lime zest. Stir in 10 cups water. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours.
  3. Skim off fat from surface. Strain broth through cheesecloth-lined sieve into large saucepan; discard solids. Skim off any remaining fat. Bring to boil; stir in salt. Divide steak and noodles among serving bowls; spoon hot broth over top.