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Vietnamese Pho (Traditional or Vegan)

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Vietnamese Pho Soup

Hi friends! I recently updated the original Vietnamese pho recipe that I shared here back in 2013, and also created a vegetarian/vegan pho recipe for our plant-based eaters here as well.

Vietnamese Pho Recipe

Traditional Pho (with Beef, Chicken, Pork or Shrimp)

Vegan Pho Recipe

Vegan Pho

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Vietnamese Pho Soup

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Full instructions for my updated recipes are available here: Traditional Pho or Vegan Pho.



  1. Stir together beef broth, water, onion, garlic, star anise, cloves, ginger, cinnamon stick (and fish sauce, if using) in a large stockpot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package instructions. (If your package of noodles — like mine — did not have instructions, simply bring a large pot of water to a boil. Then cook the noodles until al dente, about 3 minutes.) Immediately drain the noodles, and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
  3. When you are ready to serve the soup, fill the serving bowls about halfway full with noodles. Then cover with the hot broth, and immediately stir in the steak so that it cooks. Top with your desired garnishes.
  4. (*Most people stir the cilantro, ginger, lime, jalapenos and Thai basil into the broth to give it extra flavoring, but you don’t necessarily need to actually eat those ingredients whole.)

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82 comments on “Vietnamese Pho (Traditional or Vegan)”

  1. Watery and thin…dud I do something wrong? Like most recipes i doubt ..this is the same. Don’t add the water. Or test as you go. I’m so tired of disappointment

  2. This is an excellent recipe . Came out as good as I get at the Pho restaurant!Thanks a lot!