Vietnamese Pho Recipe

Beef pho

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Quick, healthy and packed with flavour, beef pho is easier to make than you think. The Vietnamese have this fragrant noodle soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner.



  • strong beef stock 750ml 
  • garlic 2 cloves, peeled and bashed flat with the back of a knife
  • ginger a thumb-sized piece, sliced 
  • red chillies 2, sliced
  • star anise 1
  • cinnamon 1 stick 
  • spring onions a bunch, sliced 
  • fish sauce 1 tsp
  • flat rice noodles 100g 
  • fillet steak 200g, thinly sliced
  • beansprouts a handful


  • coriander leaves
  • lime wedges
  • hoisin sauce
  • sriracha chilli sauce


  • Step 1

    Bring the stock, garlic, ginger, half the chilli, star anise, cinnamon and half the spring onions to the boil for 15 minutes. Strain, discarding the solids, and bring back to the boil. Season with fish sauce.

  • Step 2

    Pour a kettle of boiling water over the noodles and leave to soak for 10 minutes, then drain and rinse.

  • Step 3

    Divide the noodles between two deep bowls.Add the steak and beansprouts to the simmering stock and remove from the heat, they will keep cooking in the residual heat. Spoon over the noodles and add the remaining spring onions, chilli, some coriander and lime wedges. Serve with hoisin and sriracha.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 341
  • Fat 5.5g
  • Saturates 2.2g
  • Carbs 43.3g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 27.6g
  • Salt 1.6g