What do I need to make pho at home?

Chris Ching
  • What do I need to make pho at home? Chris Ching

    For those people that don't know, vietnamese pho is usually a beef broth with noodles as the very basic; variations of pho will include beef, beef meatballs, etc.

    However, I'm looking for ingredients and instructions on how to create this perfect bowl of pho at home. Has anybody done this before?

  • In Serious Eats, the author provides some insight on how to do this:

    The process was easy: onions browned and then removed, meat and water added and boiled, then the rest of the aromatics go in, skimmed occasionally and simmered for six hours. By the time the broth was finished it was incredibly phở-like—the cinnamon and anise came through beautifully and the stock was insanely meaty.

    The next day I took off the layer of fat and set about assembling the rest of the phở ingredients. I got my hands on lovely basil, bean sprouts, and some shabu-shabu beef.

    Source: Serious Eats

    Additionally, Viet World Kitchen provides some great basic techniques for building your pho broth:

    Pho Secrets?

    Roasting the bones. I've tried this and have not found that it's done much to the broth aside from making the broth dark, something that I've not found to be attractive. If you start with good bones, there's no need to roast, as the French would do for a veal stock, or demi-glace... Source: Viet World Kitchen, 2007

    Viet World Kitchen has so many great articles about pho as well:

    If you're looking for more resources loving pho has a great article about pho:

    There is no single perfect technique for creating good pho broth. The Vietnamese always say that the best pho you will ever taste is the one cooked by your own mother (plus maybe one or two favorite restaurants), and she will have her own ideas of how good pho broth is made. These ideas, in turn, are ones that have been handed down to her by her own mother. Thus, no two bowls of pho made in two separate kitchens will ever taste the same.

    Source: LovingPho 2009

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