Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fun with Pho

When we used to live in Beacon Hill, we went out for pho at least once every 2 weeks. One of the perks of living in south Seattle is the abundance of Asian grocery stores and eateries. Actually, I still shop for groceries there. I don't know what stop us from going out for pho, but we haven't been out for pho in the longest time. The joy of eating pho at home is we get to choose whatever we want. While I like less noodles and more herbs, my husband is the otherwise. I think that could be the reason why we haven't been going to pho restaurant.


Most people associate chicken soup with being sick and needing nourishment. That's how we look at pho. When Seattle's weather isn't being kind to us, we like to have a bowl of pho. The cinnamon scented broth and the noodles cooked just right, with slightly cooked beef slices and crunchy beansprouts, that must be better than medicine, yes?

 We love pho so much, we even made this pho cake, made out of cake and fondant.

It's time consuming to make, but really easy and simple.

For the broth
  • 4 cm ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 1/2 lbs beef bones
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 star anise
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
Saute ginger and onion until fragrant. Add and cook the beef bones until no longer pink. Cover with water, about 3 quarts. Bring to a boil, skim the broth. Add cinnamon stick, star anise, salt and soy sauce. Season to taste. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 3-4 hours.

Cook rice noodles and set aside.

Assemble your bowl with meat of your choice, noodles, herbs and beansprouts. Pour the hot boiling broth over it. If you are squeamish about eating raw meat, I suggest you cook the meat first. We like to let the hot broth cook the meat for us, so it's only rarely cooked.

 Ngo gai (culantro?)

 Thai basil





 Sliced beef, tripe and noodles

 Clockwise: tripe, beef, noodles


  1. Numero Uno!
    I am fortunate too that there is such a big asian population we can buy all the ingredients to experiment at home(which I do regularly.Dishes like the one you featured here are my favorites clean honest and tasty:)

  2. What What WHat WHAT????! You made a PHO CAKE???
    (Can you tell I'm freaking out?) I'm totally sharing this right now.
    I've had pho a couple of times and I really liked it. I wonder if I could make it. I'm a bit squeamish around tripe, though.

  3. Yummmm.(:

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