Pho soup is everything. It is light but full of flavors consisting of meats, sometimes chicken or pork, ginger, onions, rice, broth, noodles, and herbs. This fantastic pho is a popular food in Vietnam where it is served in restaurants, households, and street stalls. Pho is considered to be Vietnam national dish.
When making Pho you can use any meat of your choice like;
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Pho soup is absolutely delicious and I have been in love with this famous Vietnamese noodle soup. I always assume it was one of the foods best prepared deliciously in the right way by all these restaurant chefs.
But I was wrong about it because right now I can prepare a very delicious Pho soup at home using this simple recipe I am about to share with you.
You can learn to make this Pho soup at home just as wonderful as that of the restaurant you eat from by following every step to step of how to prepare it with the right ingredients. Before we look at the ingredients needed and the recipe let’s look at the benefits of eating Pho because it has a lot of wonderful health benefits that you will love to know so that you eat with smiles while eating.
Benefits of Eating Pho Soup
Some ingredients used in preparing Pho offer potential health benefits, some of it are as follows;
- Ginger helps to reduce inflammation: Ginger contains gingerol, a compound that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and may reduce joint pain and inflammation.
- vegetables and herbs are highly nutritious: Vegetables and herbs in Pho such as Green onions, chili pepper, basil, and cilantro are packed with many nutrients and potent anti-inflammatory compounds.
- It is a good source of protein: Most variations of pho include either chicken, beef, pork, or shrimps. Taking sufficient protein is important, as this macronutrient serves as the main building block for your body and is used to make muscles, organs, tendons, and hormones.
- Contain nutrient-rich herbs: Many spices and herbs used for the preparation of pho which includes basil and cilantro are high in polyphenols. These compounds have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer.
- It is gluten-free: If you have been avoiding gluten then pho is the best option for you because it is gluten-free. As rice noodles used in pho, the dish is often gluten-free. Though this depends on other ingredients and how they are processed.
- Bone broth may promote joint health: Bone broth contains chondroitin, glucosamine, and collagen. All of which may protect joint health. Yet it typically provides only small amounts of these substances.
Pho can be high in sodium and calories especially commercially prepared depending on the ingredients used. Make bone broth from starch or use a low-sodium variety, and focus on leaner protein sources and high fiber noodles. Because of this reason you should consider preparing yours at home.
Recipes for pho Soup
Before we get to the recipe let me break down some ingredients needed for the pho soup.
- Pro-broth: to make a delicious pro-broth, you will need the following; Fresh onions and ginger which you will briefly cook in a skillet until they are charred, to add that classic smoky flavor to the broth.
- Spices: They are 5 important spices in pho- broth which are; coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise, and cardamom pods. I recommend using it without grounding.
- Fish sauce: It is traditional to add a little splash of fish sauce to the broth.
- Sweetener: Instead of using traditional yellow rock sugar I use brown sugar to sweeten my broth. But any of it that you prefer would work out well.
- Seasalt: Using sea salt for seasoning.
- Thin rice noodles: Traditional pho soup is made with thin rice, in order to prevent the noodles from overcooking in the broth. It’s traditional to cook pho noodles separately on their own. Then the noodles will be added to each serving bowl, and the protein, hot broth, and toppings will be added on top of the noodles.
- Toppings: In pho soup, the toppings are not optional, they are important in the soup. They are different toppings but you choose one from each category: Sauces ( optional but it’s a tradition to serve pho with hoisin sauce, to use as a garnish if desired.), onions (Either sliced green onions or very thinly sliced white onion but it is optional), chiles (either sliced Thai bird chiles or serrano peppers are optional if you would like to add some heat), lime wedges (essential for brightening up the flavors of the broth), beans sprouts( You can find this in the produce section of your grocery store), fresh herbs( like fresh Thai basil, fresh mint, and fresh cilantro).
- Chicken, pork, shrimp, or steak: If you choose to use chicken, pork, or steak, it will need to be sliced thinly in order to cook quickly in the broth. If you choose to use shrimp, just be sure that it is peeled with that tail on or off.
- Beef stock: Pho broth is traditionally made with beef stock, but you can also welcome to mix things up and use veggie stock or chicken for anyone that is preferred by you.
Read also: Recipe for Stuffed Pepper Soup
Ingredients for Pho Soup
- 1 onion, unpeeled and sliced
- 5 slices fresh ginger
- 4 pounds beef soup bones
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt to taste
- 4 quarts water
- 21/2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 pods star anise
- 1 packaged dried rice noodles
- 1 pound beef top sirloin, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp chopped green onion
- 11/2 bean sprouts
- 1 bunch Thai basil
- 1/4 cup chile-garlic sauce (such as sriracha but it is optional)
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce(optional)
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
How to Prepare Pho Soup
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Place beef bones on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven until browned, about 1 hour.
- Place onion on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven until blackened and soft, about 45 minutes.
- Place bones, ginger, onion, sea salt, star anise, and fish sauce in a large pot and cover with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 6 to 10 hours. Strain the broth into a saucepan and set aside.
- Place rice noodles in a large bowl filled with room temperature water and allow to soak for 1 hour. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and after the noodles have soaked, place them in the boiling water for 2 minutes. Bring stock to a simmer.
- Divide noodles among 4 serving bowls, top with cilantro, sirloin, and green onion. Pour hot broth over the top. Stir and let sit until the beef is partially cooked and no longer pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with bean sprouts, lime wedges, Thai basil, chile-garlic sauce, and hoisin sauce on the side. You can enjoy your delicious pho soup.
Pho Soup Preparation Time
Actually, the time taken to prepare pho soup varies due to its quantity. However, it takes 30 mins Cook time and a total cook time of 45 mins in some cases. Also, it takes 1 hour 15 mins Yield for 2 large bowls or 4 medium bowls.
How do you Eat Pho Soup?
Use your chopsticks to stir all of those garnishes into the broth to help give it extra flavor. Alternately, use your chopsticks to eat noodles, veggies, and protein while using a spoon to eat the broth. You can also lift up the bowl to drink the last of the broth if you would like.
How do you serve Pho Soup?
You can use any dishes you have but traditionally pho soup is served in large bowls with chopsticks and a soup spoon.
Pho soup is a Vietnamese soup made with broth, herbs, rice, chicken, or beef. It contains nutritious ingredients and high protein content, it may offer several benefits, including improved joint health and reducing inflammation. It can be high in sodium and calories, so portion size is important. Pho can be a nutritious addition to a well- balanced diet.