Luke Nguyen’s Pho is one of the best-tasting versions of this aromatic Vietnamese Beef Soup I’ve ever tried, but it does take a while to make. If you’ve got the time, go for it, or checkout the 2 much quicker versions below.
Pho, pronounced “fuuur” or “fahr”, is a light but very aromatic beef broth, served with rice noodles, cooked brisket and slices of raw beef. It is gluten, dairy and egg free and can be served with chicken as well. A good Pho is said to have medicinal properties almost like the chicken soup, because it contains lots of sodium, potassium and chloride – natural electrolytes. Nutrition facts aside, Pho’s flavour is heavenly. The soup is light in consistency, like a broth or bouillon, but has a rich, sweet flavour.
As mentioned, it is served with a topping of paper-thin slices of raw beef and a garnish of bean sprouts, sliced onion, fresh chilli and fresh springs of Thai basil. Don’t be alarmed, or put-off by the thought of the paper-thin slices of raw meat as they cook almost instantly in the steamy broth as its poured into the bowls.
Now, I have never been to Vietnam, but from what I’ve heard from those who have been and from what I know of Vietnam’s most famed dishes, I would love it there. I mean I often have Malaysian curry laksa for breakfast, so having a steaming bowl of Vietnam’s famous Pho for breaky would be quite up my alley.
Luke Nguyen’s Pho | The Long Version
The recipe below is for Luke’s Pho (from Songs of Sapa, Murdoch Books) that takes a good few hours to make. Gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free.
Essential Asian Cookbook Pho | The Quick Version
If you want to make a quicker version of Pho, the Essential Asian Cookbook (also by Murdoch Books), suggests simmering regular beef stock with spices (feel free to use Luke’s spice pouch suggestion below) for 30 minutes before straining, adding noodles and all the extra trimmings. Gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free.
Asian Home Gourmet Pho | The Express Version
For an express 10-minute version, get yourself a Vietnamese Pho spice paste from Asian Home Gourmet, and follow the instructions on the packet. The great thing about the paste is that it is all natural and additive free but it does contain wheat/gluten.