Vietnamese Soup- Pho

Pho is a wonderful Vietnamese soup that is staple of this cuisine.  Pho literally means noodle, so it is a delicious broth that has a combination of noodles and vegetables and some type of protein.  The combination is up to the individual.  The garnishes can be set up on the table for each person to add what they want.  It’s a lot of fun for a party.  Pho is pronounced like a cross between Fa and Fu, a bit like foot with out the t.   At least that is how I have heard it.Pho Broth


10 cups broth (vegetarian or chicken)

4 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 whole cloves

4 large slices of ginger

1 small bunch of cilantro

1 onion in slices

3 Tablespoons sugar

salt and pepper to taste

1 package of rice noodles, soaked for 30 min. in cold water.


Garnishes (pick what you like)

Cilantro leaves

mint leaves

basil leaves

finely chopped chiles

hot sauce (Thai or Chinese)

hoisin sauce

bean sprouts

sliced scallions

thinly sliced carrots

lemon wedges

sliced cooked chicken or beef  or shrimp



Crush all of the spices. Add all of the ingredients to a stock pot and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.  Strain the broth to get rid of the spices.  Add the noodles and allow the guests to add what ever garnishes they would like.  Then cover with the hot broth.  Enjoy

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