Authentic stove-top and slow cooker Vietnamese Pho Beef Rice Noodle soup. The perfect comfort food on a cold day simmered full of the best combination of spices.
There is nothing more comforting on a chilly day than a big bowl of warming soup.
One of our family’s favorite soups to enjoy and slurp on is Pho (pronounced “Fuh?”) – a traditional Vietnamese Rice Noodle soup.
If you have never tried Pho, you are definitely in for a treat once you sample this extremely comforting dish.
The intense flavored broth is traditionally made by simmering beef bones (sometimes chicken bones) with onions, ginger and a variety of warm spices including star anise, cloves, cardamom, and coriander seeds.
It is served over rice noodles and an assortment of fresh garnishes like onions, bean sprouts, herbs, bird’s eye chilies, and lime wedges.
The key to a great tasting Pho broth is the type of bones used and allowing enough time for them to simmer gently.
My mom’s traditional Pho recipe uses a mix of beef bones such as marrow, knuckle and oxtail along with some key ingredients such as ginger, onions, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and fish sauce will help you achieve that wonderful signature Pho flavor.
If you enjoy Pho the traditional way with beef – arrange a few pieces of very thinly sliced cuts of raw beef over the cooked rice noodles prior to pouring the steaming broth on top.
Slicing the beef into very thin slices will ensure that once the hot broth is ladled on top, the beef will be cooked just right.
- For a less fuss Pho fix using your Crock-pot or slow cooker, you can simply throw the parboiled bones (once they have been rinsed off) along with the charbroiled onion, ginger, garlic, daikon, carrot, spices and seasonings covered with clean water into your slow cooker and simmer on low for 6-8 hours. Then you just pour over the cooked rice noodles.
- Or for an even easier version, just replace 3/4 of the amount of water with beef broth, chicken broth or vegetable broth and simmer with the charbroiled onion, ginger, garlic, daikon, carrot, spices and seasonings for 30-60 minutes and pour over the cooked rice noodles then voilà – warm comforting Pho soup at your fingertips
- Serve with your favorite herbs and condiments.
There is also lots of room to make it your own by adding different proteins or vegetables to the noodle bowl once you’re ready to serve.
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