Here is a recipe that we make at home regularly, it’s really easy and super healthy. Pronounced as ‘fuh’, pho is renowned as Vietnam’s most popular dish. It’s also great with this cooler weather coming to keep you warm. It does look like a lot of ingredients but they all last a long time and you can use it for heaps of other recipes. My tip is lots of chili (if you can handle it), it really invigorates you and is great for digestion.


  • 2L (8 cups) salt-reduced beef stockPho Bo
  • 2 thick slices ginger
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon quills, lightly bruised
  • 2 tbs caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) fish sauce
  • 375g flat rice noodles
  • 400g beef eye fillet, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (80g) bean sprouts
  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup each of basil, mint and coriander leaves, to serve


1. Place stock and 2 cups (500ml) water in a saucepan with ginger, onion, garlic, star anise, cinnamon, sugar and fish sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, discarding solids, then return soup to pan. Cover and return to the boil.

2. Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to packet instructions. Drain well.

3. Divide the noodles among warmed soup bowls, then top with the sliced beef fillet. Pour over the hot soup mixture (the heat will gently cook the meat) and top with the bean sprouts. Serve garnished with chilli and fresh herbs.

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