(faux) Pho

faux pho ++ the pear and plum

The key to Pho is to strain out any impurities so you are left with a clear broth with TONS of taste…. which usually takes time….. of which I am limited. So this is our take on pho. Still awesome (but not as authentic).

Also note: dont waste a lot of time chopping vegetables carefully because you’re going to strain them out in the end.

(recipe updated and overhauled 2/14/13)

Ingredients: (makes 4 bowls of soup)

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1tsp. Whole Coriander Seeds
  • 3 Cloves
  • 9 Cups Broth  (because so much of it boils off)
  • 1 Onion, rough chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, rough chopped
  • 1 T Ginger, minced [I keep mine frozen and zest as needed]
  • 1 T Fish Sauce
  • 2 or 3 Green Onions, rough chopped
  • Rice Noodles (or whatever kind you prefer)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Chicken (2 Breasts)
  • Shrimp (how ever many you want)
  • Bean Sprouts, Green Onions, Cilantro, Hot Sauce & Lime for toppings


  1. Put all your broth in a medium sized stock pot. Add onion, celery, ginger, fish sauce and green onions. Cook on medium.
  2. In the mean time, toast spices in a small pan on medium low for 3 or so minutes. Then add to broth and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While thats cooking, prepare your noodles according to the directions and set aside.
  4. Go take a break until the broth is ready.
  5. After 30 min or so, strain out the vegetables from the broth and discard.
  6. Add Chicken. [I used Trader Joes Frozen Chicken breast]. Simmer on medium until done and remove from soup. Add shrimp for a couple minutes and remove. [Its really alll about the broth so taste it now to see how its doing. If you like it, eat it. If its not concentrated enough flavor for you, take out your chicken and shrimp and boil it for a bit longer and taste again until you like it.]
  7. Fill your bowls with the rice noodles and ladle soup over it.
  8. Have your toppings in the center of the table: bean sprouts, green onions, cilantro, limes and Sriracha (of course)

[This recipe has a lot of freedom for creativity… just shoot for a really flavored broth and dont overcook the meat.]

Good to know:
+ There are a ton of other ingredients you can play with as well : Lemon grasss, Hoisin sauce, Basil, Mint, Star Anise…
tags: vietnamese soup, noodle bowl, chinatown, udon noodles, cellophane noodles, bean thread noodles, lunch, dinner, winter soup

2 thoughts on “(faux) Pho

  1. ohmygosh this looks so good.(as i am waiting for this pizza delivery guy.) i need to live around you so i can come over for dinner 😉
    the key to this type of noodle dish is the fish sauce then, right? i have never had any in the house…totally getting some…because this, i could make this.

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