Pho is Vietnamese noodle soup.

Pho - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup from the Public Health Cookbook, Seattle & King County Department of Public Health—original source of recipe, in the public domain

  • Cook Time: Approximately 90 minutes
  • Serves: 8



Optional Garnish Ingredients


  1. In a large stockpot, add broth, onions, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns and garlic.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and cover.
  3. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Arrange garnish ingredients into separate plates and bowls at the table.
  5. Soak rice noodles in hot water (do not boil) for 15 minutes or until softened then drain (do not rinse with cold water).
  6. Place equal amounts of noodles in soup bowls and cover with raw beef slices.
  7. Ladle hot broth over noodles and beef (the beef slices should cook or brown in the hot broth).
  8. Add garnish ingredients to your preference.
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