Pho

Yup. Still sick. I hate colds because nothing really cures them, you just gotta wait them out. I’ve been taking cold medicine to manage my symptoms, but I’m still very stuffy. When I’m sick, I just want soup. When I’m sick with a stuffy nose, I just want spicy soup. Pho has become kind of a trend in SoCal the last few years, but i’m not sure if people eat it everywhere. Pho (pronounced Fa) is a vietnamese noodle soup that is actually EXTREMELY easy to make at home. I whipped up some the other night, and finally got some relief from my congestion.

Pho recipe from Martha Stewart

  • 1 pound very lean sirloin of beef, trimmed of visible fat
  • 1/4 pound Chinese or Vietnamese rice noodles, (banh pho)
  • 3 cups Homemade Beef Stock Homemade Beef Stock **I used store bought beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 1 1/3 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 small onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and very thinly sliced
  • 2 small Thai chile pepper or 1 small jalapeno, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves or Thai basil, coarsely chopped
  • Asian hot-chile sauce

  1. Wrap beef in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer for about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with cold water; add rice noodles. Let soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain; set aside.
  3. Combine beef stock, 1 1/2 cups water, and fish sauce in a large saucepan, and set over medium-high heat.
  4. Remove beef from freezer. Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, slice beef into very thin (1/8 inch) strips.
  5. Divide noodles among six serving bowls, and arrange strips of meat over them. Raise heat under stock, and bring to a boil. Pour boiling stock over meat and noodles, pushing beef into hot liquid so that it cooks. Arrange bean sprouts and other accompaniments over beef and noodles; serve immediately with Asian chile sauce, if desired.


 

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Comments

  1. says

    I love pho and it’s everywhere in Seattle. Although to be fair it rains all the time here so we have the perfect weather for pho. :) I’m totally going to have to try and make my own this looks so good I totally want some now.

  2. says

    Lovely pictures! If you don’t have a mandoline or the hour to freeze the beef, just buy some very good quality, very thinly sliced (shaved, even), very rare roast beef from the deli counter. Whole Foods roasts their own in-house, and I use their beef in my homemade pho when I want it more quickly. Just FYI!

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