Pho(vietnamese/Camb rice noodle soup or "Ga- Tieu"

Sarah Phim


My family background is from Cambodia and this is a very traditional dish. It is mostly known as a Vietnamese dish. It is easiest to say the Vietnamese name for this dish which is "PHO" but since I am Cambodian we call it "GA-theau"(not exact, but that is the best I could to translate it to English). This is a wonderful Southeast Asian calming soup, also good for when you are sick or have the brown bottle flu!


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2 Hr



  • 8-10 c
  • 10
    cubes of beef bouillon
  • 1 lb
    stew meat and bones, i use leftover steak meat, preferably beef, but if you only have pork it works also
  • 1 pkg
    asian star anise soup packet (if available)
  • 2
    large yellow onions, chopped up
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic, chopped up
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1-2 pkg
    rice noodle sticks-cooked and drained or fresh from asian market

  • ·
    pork or beef with tendon meatballs from asian market
  • ·
    beef tripe(honey comb) cut up into strips cooked
  • 1/2 lb
    thinly sliced beef
  • ·
    shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 sprig(s)
    cilantro, fresh chopped or torn into pieces
  • slice
    limes cut into wedges
  • 1
    green onions chopped for garnish
  • 1 bunch
    bean sprouts, fresh
  • 1 jar(s)
    asian chili oil
  • 1 dash(es)
    soy sauce
  • 1 tsp
    hoisen sauce
  • ·
    sliced fresh jalapenos or pepper of your choice
  • sprig(s)
    fresh mint chopped or torn into pieces
  • ·
    fresh basil chopped or torn into pieces

How to Make Pho(vietnamese/Camb rice noodle soup or "Ga- Tieu"


  1. fry chopped up garlic in a big stock pot with a little bit of oil(olive oil or vegetable oil)then once slightly golden add meat and brown for one to two minutes then add onions and saute for one to two minutes.
  2. Then add water,salt,pepper, and bouillon cubes and star anise soup packet. Bring to rapid boil. Then turn temperature to med low and let simmer for 30 min to an hr.
  3. while soup is simmering on stove, this is when I prep my condiments. I personally mix up the chopped cilantro, green onion and mint together in a bowl and serve on the side for whomever likes it in their soup. Or you can chop them and place in separate bowls. Or like in restaurants you can place single serving of the herbs on a separate plate for each to tear themselves.
  4. once soup meat is tender soup is done. Taste it to see if it may need more salt or pepper. Make sure soup is very hot. you may have to bring it back to a rolling boil.It must stay hot in order to cook the optional toppings.
  5. In a bowl(a big one preferably) add rice noodle to the bowl then add optional toppings of your choice, ladle soup over the noodles just to cover. Sprinkle condiments on top and flavor to your liking.

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