Mama's Test Kitchen: Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

The temperature dipped to the 30s this weekend so I declared that it was the perfect time to make pho at home. I referred to this recipe, but skipped out on coriander seeds, celery, and daikon because I didn't have them on hand. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly...even charring the spices over gas burner. Instead of beef slices, I made it easy by substituting with meat/fish balls. For garnishes, we only had scallions and chillies, but I don't think we missed rest.
A review on Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup):
Result: 3.5 out of 4 stars.
Will I make it again: Yes, yes, YES! Although the flavor wasn't as intense as the restaurant, it wasn't difficult to make and the kids slurped it all up. And, the price was right. It was less than $10 to make and there was enough left over for next day. And, we didn't have to leave the house.
Chef's Notes: I used a mesh tea ball to contain all the spices and it worked really well. Next time I will make sure to include all the missing ingredients, too.


  1. I love pho! Will have to try it!

  2. That looks yummy! I never have all the ingredients around for things either. A well-stocked "pantry" is just never going to happen!

  3. Yum, I love pho. I was actually craving some a few weeks ago!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  4. Never knew so much went into making this all time favorite dish. But without a doubt, what Joyce cooked up was up there with the best. Now we don't have to run out into the cold anymore to get our pho fix! Add it to the menu please.

  5. We love Pho I need to try this :) Thanks for sharing! - Eva


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