All About The Vietnamese Beef Noodle – “Pho Bo”

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!

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1. The origin
2. Outstanding characteristics
A - Ingredients (enough for 4 servings)
B - Nutrition Information (375g servings)
C - Directions

1. The origin

Vietnamese beef noodle is one of the most popular food in Vietnam. The origin of this dish come from Northern Vietnam in the early 20th century, and then became widespread in the country as well as many parts of the world after the Vietnam War.

Vietnamese Beef Noodles - Pho

2. Outstanding characteristics

The “Pho Bo” is the combination of broth, rice noodle, many types of herbs and beef or chicken. This Vietnamese beef noodle is garnished with coriander leaves, green onions, and also white onions. The special feature of this Vietnamese traditional food is its ingredients which often including various kinds of herbs, such as basil or cilantro, and lots of other condiments like hot chili sauce, hoisin sauce, and bean sprouts as side dish as well as slices of lemon as decoration.

3. How To Make Vietnamese Beef Noodle Quickly?

Vietnamese beef noodle is a delicious dish. It is suitable for breakfast in the early mornings or dinner on evenings after a hard-working day. Pho (pronounced “fuh”! [/fəʊ/ or /fɜː/]) feels like a restaurant staple, but it’s not actually all that hard to make a quick version at home.

A - Ingredients (enough for 4 servings)
Pho Stock Assembly
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 Pho Stock: Add the beef base and 2 quart (2L) 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 to see that the spice flavors have been extracted, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
    2. For the 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 detached. Pour water from the noodles and put the noodles into bowls.
    3. Serve: Top each bowl with some sliced beef, basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapeno, scallions and onion or as each person wishes. Ladle in enough broth to cover the ingredients in the bowl. Garnish with a lime wedge. You can serve pho with Chili and hoisin sauce.
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