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Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

  • Servings:

    Serves 6 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    40 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    30 minutes


Pho is full of the haunting flavors of star anise, cloves, and cinnamon. The boiling broth cooks beef in the bowl, infusing it with flavor. Beef must be cut very thin to cook properly.
2 teaspoon Canola oil
1 each Shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Chinese five spice, powder
2 each Whole cloves
1 each Spice, cinnamon stick
8 cup Beef broth, low sodium
1/8 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
2 teaspoon Sugar
12 oz Hannaford Inspirations Angus Flank Steak
8 oz Pasta, vermicelli, white rice, wheat free, dry
1 cup Mint, fresh
1 cup Fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup Snipped fresh basil
3 each Medium scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 cup Bean Sprouts, fresh
1 each Serrano pepper, seeded, finely chopped
1 each Fresh lime, cut into wedges
2 tablespoon Fresh ginger, cut into thin matchstick pieces
1 each Small yellow onion, thinly sliced
Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)


Note: Nom Pla is the name of the Asian fish sauce and it can be found in the International aisle. Flat rice noodles can be used in place of rice vermicelli. Be sure to rinse and drain the bean sprouts.
1. Prepare pho. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ginger, medium onion, and shallot, and saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add fivespice powder, cloves, and cinnamon stick, and saute 1 minute. Add broth and black pepper and bring to a boil, about 10 minutes. Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes. Pour broth through a strainer into a bowl, pressing on solids with the back of a spoon. Discard solids, rinse out pan, and return strained broth to pan. Stir in nom pla and sugar. Keep broth warm over low heat.
2. Wrap steak in plastic wrap and place in freezer to firm for slicing, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a wide bowl with hot tap water. Add noodles and soak to soften, about 20 minutes. Rinse in cold water and drain. While theyre soaking, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
3. Halve firmed flank steak lengthwise, then slice thinly across the grain. Set aside.
4. Prepare garnishes. Arrange mint, cilantro, basil, scallions, bean sprouts, chili pepper, and lime wedges on a large platter or in small bowls for serving.
5. Cook noodles in pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Theyll become very soft. Drain immediately and divide noodles among 6 soup bowls. Divide raw steak slices into 6 portions and lay them flat on top of noodles, then scatter some of the sliced small onion over the steak. Bring broth back to a rolling boil. Ladle boiling broth into each bowl (the broth will cook the steak).
6. Serve immediately, with platter or bowls of garnishes, chili sauce, and hoisin sauce on the side. This soup may be eaten with a soupspoon and a pair of chopsticks.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, May - June 2009


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 319 kcal (16%)
Calories from Fat 189
Total Fat 21 g (32%)
Saturated Fat 17 g (85%)
Cholesterol 24 mg (8%)
Sodium 1326 mg (55%)
Total Carbohydrates 49 g (16%)
Dietary Fiber 13 g (52%)
Protein 35 g (58%)
Vitamin A 372 IU (1%)
Vitamin C 22 mg (24%)
Calcium 86 mg (7%)
Iron 17 mg (94%)