How to Make Tasty Vietnamese-style Pho Noodle Soup

Vietnamese-style Pho Noodle Soup – This recipe is great for when you have no idea what to cook. You can have Vietnamese-style Pho Noodle Soup using 15 ingredients and 7 steps. Here is how you cook it.

Ingredients of Vietnamese-style Pho Noodle Soup

  1. Prepare of Soup.
  2. It’s 8 cups (1.9 liters) of vegetable, chicken, or beef stock (Japanese stock works well too).
  3. You need 4 of star anise.
  4. It’s 4 of whole cloves.
  5. You need 1 of cinnamon stick (about 3 in).
  6. Prepare 1 of thumb-sized piece fresh ginger.
  7. You need 1 of onion, cut in quarters.
  8. You need 2-4 Tbsp of Fish sauce or soy sauce to taste.
  9. It’s of Noodles and Garnishes.
  10. You need 4 of serving pho noodles or rice vermicelli.
  11. It’s of Black pepper (optional).
  12. It’s 1 handful of fresh cilantro.
  13. You need 1 of fresh lime cut in wedges.
  14. It’s 1 dash of your favorite hot chilis (optional).
  15. Prepare 300 g of boneless chicken cut in slices or for a vegetarian option, try fried tofu.

Vietnamese-style Pho Noodle Soup Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add the stock, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and onion. Bring to a boil, turn to low, then simmer with the lid on for 45 to 1 hour.
  2. Strain out the spices and onion, then add 2 Tbsp of fish sauce or soy sauce. Taste the soup and add more if needed (it depends on the kind of sauce you use). * You can do up to this step ahead of time and then just reheat the soup when you are ready to eat.
  3. Add some of the soup to a smaller pot and bring to a simmer. Add the sliced meat and cook for 2-3 minutes. If using fried tofu, skip this step. (You can do this in the large pot too, but I found it easier to dish out the meat evenly if it was separate, or if you are not eating all 4 servings)
  4. If using fried tofu, grill it a bit in a frying pan (no oil needed) and cut into thin slices. Put on top of the soup just before serving.
  5. Prepare the noodles according to the directions and drain. Some packages tell you to chill the noodles in cold water, but it makes the soup cold so I recommend keeping the noodles hot! (Just make sure you do this just before adding the soup, or else they noodles will stick together).
  6. Divide the noodles among deep soup bowls and dish out the soup with the meat over the noodles.
  7. Garnish with fresh lime, chopped chilis, and black pepper. Put the fish sauce/soy sauce at the table in case you need more. Dig in!