Pho Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

Delicate and delicious. This recipe for the popular Vietnamese soup will fill your home with delicious smells, and fill your belly with savory flavors.

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Pho Vietnamese Natural Beef Noodle Soup


Beef Noodle Soup

  • 1 beef Flank Steak (about 1½ pounds)
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups unsalted beef broth
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cups rice stick noodles
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions


  • 1 tablespoon Asian hot chili sauce, Sriracha sauce, hoisin sauce (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges


Combine 2 tablespoons rice vinegar and honey in small bowl. Place beef Flank Steak and vinegar mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Combine water, broth, onion, fish sauce, remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, garlic, ginger and star anise in stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes. Meanwhile, remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 16 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 16 to 21 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium doneness (160°F), turning once. Remove steak; keep warm. Strain broth mixture and discard solids; return broth mixture to stockpot. Keep warm over low heat. Prepare noodles according to package directions using soaking or stir-fry method. Add noodles and any beef juices from steak to broth. Divide soup among 6 large bowls; serve with sprouts, basil, cilantro and onions, as desired. Carve steak across the grain into thin slices and add to soup. Serve soup with chili sauce, Sriracha , hoisin and lime, if desired.

Cook’s Tip: Hot cooked soba or udon noodles may be substituted for rice stick noodles.

Recipe from Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.

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