April 29, 2014

Whenever I am in Vietnam I live of PHO. To the day I have no idea how to pronounce it correctly – or at least in a way that the nice street restaurant has any idea what I want… I never get tired of this soup. You can get it with shrimp, beef or chicken. If they really like you they will offer you chicken heads or feet… To make a real pho outside of easter Asia is just impossible. Too many fresh ingredients that are just impossible to get. This recipe is a mixture of spices and herbs to get as close as possible to real pho. Enjoy the taste of Vietnam!


  • 2 liters water
  • 1 medium onion [quartered]
  • 4 inch piece of fresh ginger [thin slices]
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 3 star anise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass [crushed]
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • chicken broth [if needed]
  • 1 ½ limes
  •  rice noodles
  • shrimp
  • spring onions [cut into thin rings]
  • cilantro leaves
  • fresh mint
  • thai basil
  • bean sprouts
  • red chilies
  • lime wedges
  •  hoisin sauce
  • peanut sauce

I know this is a long list of ingredients, but it’s really simple and fast to make!

fox_pho3_ bring water to boil

_ add all “broth” ingredients [except the limes]

_ simmer for one hour

_ drain through sieve [get rid of solid parts]

_ add the lime

_ cook or fry shrimp 

_ slightly precook rice noodles

_ place all garnishes on plates

_ put hoisin sauce in small bowls

how to eat:

fox_pho2_ put noodles into a bowl

_ cover with soup

_ add garnishes to your liking [usually all of them – be careful with the chili]

_ use chopsticks to grab noodles, shrimp and garnish out of the bowl

_ dip in hoisin sauce


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