what the pho?!

December 9, 2012

prep time: 25 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes    servings: 4DSCN4115

375 g/13 oz. flat rice noodles (also called rice sticks; i used the medium ones)
5 c beef or chicken broth
5 strips of beef
2 T soy sauce
1 T cooking wine
1 star anise
1 red chili pepper, sliced
green vegetables (i.e. baby bok choy, spinach, napa, etc.)
2 stalks of green onions, sliced
bean sprouts
thai basil
salt & pepper to taste


  1. soak the noodles in cold water until you’re ready to use them. once ready, boil a pot of water and put the noodles in for about 1 minute. drain the noodles in a colander and set aside.
  2. marinate strips of beef in soy sauce and wine and set aside.
  3. put the broth, star anise, and chili pepper in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil. put green vegetables in and reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. next, add the cooked noodles and strips of beef. cook for 1 minute until beef is slightly pink still.
  5. add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. serve with bean sprouts and thai basil on the side. sprinkle green onions on top of noodles.

source (my own photo above)

i’ve been wanting to make this forever. i was surprised at how easy it is to make: it’s basically a vietnamese beef and noodle stew. and i LOVE noodles !

i made the mistake of sticking the beef in too soon and it was tough and dry by the time lance and i sat down to eat it. i also made the mistake of not marinating or seasoning the beef before putting it in the broth. i didn’t have any bean sprouts on hand (cam didn’t have any when i went shopping there), so i skipped those. and i didn’t use any thai basil either.

lance liked it so much that he asked to have any leftovers for lunch the next day. sadly, i only made enough so that we’d each have a generous portion to eat for dinner.

i don’t like my dishes to be too salty and this had great flavor and it smelled great too. i can guarantee that i’ll be making this easy meal again.

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