what is pho

At Longdan, you can discover the experience of Asian traditional food, especially the dishes of the beautiful country of Vietnam. If you intend to travel to Vietnam, you should try “Pho bo” (Beef Noodle) even once in your life!


1. The origin
2. Outstanding characteristics
3 - How To Make Vietnamese Beef Noodles
A - Ingredients (enough for 4 servings)
B - Nutrition Information (375g servings)
C - Directions


1. The origin

Vietnamese beef noodles is one of the most popular foods in Vietnam. It originated from Northern Vietnam in the early 20th century, and soon became widespread in the country and many parts of the world after the Vietnam War.

Vietnamese Beef Noodles - Pho

2. Outstanding characteristics

“Pho Bo” is a combination of beef broth, rice noodles and many different herbs, vegetables, and of course, beef. Vietnamese beef noodles are usually garnished with chopped coriander, green onions and also sometimes white onions. What makes the Vietnamese pho so unique and tasty are the many herbs, sauces and add ins. Basil and coriander are popular herbs used, and Pho Bo often comes with different condiments such as hoisin and hot chilli sauce. Bean sprouts are a popular add in, as well as lemon slices to squeeze in.

3. How To Make Vietnamese Beef Noodles?

Vietnamese beef noodles is a delicious, filling dish. It can be eaten for breakfast as a great start to the day, or for dinner in evenings after a hard-working day. While pho (pronounced “fuh”! [/fəʊ/ or /fɜː/]) is a restaurant staple, it is very easy to make at home.

A - Ingredients (enough for 4 servings)
375g Madam Wong Rice Sticks 30g of beef bouillon or base
 240g beef strip loin or fillet, shaved thin 15g of Vietnamese fish sauce  
 240g of Vietnamese basil leaves 15 g of white sugar    
 240g of bean sprouts 1 piece ginger, sliced into thin tiles      
 95g of cilantro leaves 1/2 yellow onion, large dice
5 thin slices of jalapeno chilli  0.5g of kosher salt
4 scallions, sliced thin on the bias  2 whole cloves  
1/2 yellow onion, sliced paper thin 2 whole star anise
1 lime, cut into wedges 1 cinnamon stick
20g Hoisin sauce  
20g Chili sauce  


B - Nutrition Information (375g servings)

  • 374 kcal / 1565 KJ
  • 11g fat (MEDIUM); in which saturates is 4g (MEDIUM)
  • 2g of sugar (LOW)
  • 11.5g of salt (HIGH)

C - Directions

  1. Make the Pho Stock: Add the beef base and 2 quart (2L) of water to a saucepan and bring to a low boil. Add the fish sauce, sugar, ginger, onion and salt to the stock and reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the cloves, star anise and cinnamon stick to the broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Taste the broth and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  2. Assembly: In a separate pot, bring water to a boil. Using a sieve or basket, quickly dip the noodles into the water until they are cooked. Pour water from the noodles and put the noodles into bowls.
  3. Serve: Top each bowl with some sliced beef, basil, bean sprouts, jalapeno and onion or as each person wishes. Ladle in the beef broth. Garnish with coriander, chopper scallions and a lime wedge. You can serve pho with chili and hoisin sauce.
    This recipe is an easy way to make “Pho Bo”. Pho usually takes a long time to make, time that not everyone has, but this recipe is an easy way to make pho in about an hour! You can find all the ingredients locally, or have them delivered to you by us. Click here to shop now, and buy all the ingredients needed to make Pho Bo!

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