Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup)

Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 187.4
  • Total Fat: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 50.4 mg
  • Sodium: 2,312.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 9.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 23.9 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup) calories by ingredient

Number of Servings: 4


    6 cups beef broth
    1 (1/4-inch thick) slice ginger
    2 whole star anise
    1 cinnamon stick
    1/2 pound piece boneless beef sirloin, trimmed of any fat
    3 ounces dried flat rice noodles
    1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup fresh bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
    1/8 cup minced scallions
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, washed and finely chopped
    1 small thin fresh red or green Asian chilie, sliced very thin
    1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
    Lime wedges for garnish


In a 2 quart saucepan bring broth, ginger, star anise, and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

With a very sharp knife cut sirloin across the grain into very thin slices.

In a large bowl soak noodles in hot water to cover 15 minutes, or until softened and pliable.

While noodles are soaking, bring a kettle of salted water to a boil for noodles. Drain noodles in a colander and cook in boiling water, stirring 45 seconds, or until tender. Drain noodles in a colander. Set aside.

Strain broth into saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in fish sauce, salt and pepper. Add sirloin and sprouts and cook 30 to 45 seconds, or until sirloin changes color. Skim any froth from soup.

To serve, divide noodles into 4 bowls. Ladle soup over noodles. Sprinkle scallion greens, cilantro, chilies and basil over soup and serve with lime wedges

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KYLEECHRIS.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Most of your sodium comes from the broth, if you use a low-sodium broth that would work. I would not recommend using a sodium free broth only because the taste would not be the same. Hope it helps! Try it again! YUMMY!!! - 8/30/09

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didn't use the cinnamon, but basically did what this recipe said and I have had this at restaurants and it is just as good. Try it with homemade meatballs for a change in meat. - 1/27/09

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    didn't use cinnamon. But very good! - 7/2/21

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    I have made this several times - 6/26/21

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    Very Good
    Delicious soup recipe. - 3/5/21