Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef (Pho Tai)

Patrick Johnson


With a notable Vietnamese population in Houston, Pho houses are becoming increasingly abundant and popular.

This noodle soup is a complete meal and highly customizable by adding the garnsishes you prefer.


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6-8 (main course)
10 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


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5 lb
beef marrow bones
2 lb
beef flank, cut into 2 inch pieces
3 inch pieces ginger, bruised, smashed and charred over flame
yellow onions, peeled and charred over flame
1/4 c
fish sauce
3 Tbsp
brown sugar
whole star anise, dry roasted in skillet
1 Tbsp
6 qt


1 lb
rice stick noodles, soaked in cold water and drained
1/2 lb
beef sirloin, sliced paper thin


purple onion, sliced paper thin
1 bunch
green onion, sliced on the bias
1/2 c
cilantro, rough chopped
1 lb
been sprouts, rinsed
10-12 sprig(s)
basil, fresh (thai basil if available)
thai chilies, cut into rings
limes, but into wedges
hoisin sauce for dipping meat
chili sauce for dipping meat

How to Make Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef (Pho Tai)


  • 1Add beef bones and beef flank to a stockpot and cover with water and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  • 2Meanwhile in a separate large stockpot, bring to a boil 24 cups (6 quarts) of water. Transfer the bones to this second stockpot after completion of boiling and discard the water from the first pot. This process cleans the bones and reduces excess solids that will cloud the broth.
  • 3When the water in the second stockpot comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Skim off any excess solids or fat.
  • 4Peel and discard the charred outer skins of the ginger and onions and rinse. Add charred ginger, charred onions, fish sauce and sugar. Continue to simmer for approximately 1 ½ hours.
  • 5Add star anise and cloves wrapped in a piece of cheese cloth to infuse the broth for about 40 minutes.
  • 6Remove and discard the star anise, cloves charred onions, charred ginger and bones. Add salt and continue to simmer. Bring to a boil just before serving.
  • 7Prepare separate pot with boiling water to cook noodles. Immerse individual servings of noodles one at a time in a sieve into the boiling water for about 15 - 20 seconds. They should be soft but still chewy. Transfer to individual bowls.
  • 8Place a few slices of raw beef on top of the noodles and pour over boiling soup stock – about 2 -3 cups per portion.

    The broth will cook the raw beef instantly. pepper.
  • 9Add garnish of purple onion, green onion and cilantro.
    Serve immediately allowing guests to add their own bean sprouts, herbs, chillies and lime.
  • 10In side dipping dishes, guest can mix Hoisin sauce and chilli sauce to their own liking to dip their beef pieces in.

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About Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef (Pho Tai)

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Vietnamese
Hashtags: #vietnamese, #Pho

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