HOW TO: Make Vietnamese Pho

If, like me, you’re a fan of vietnamese food, then you’ll know what pho is. And for those who don’t, it’s a basically a bowl of flat noodles in soup with either chicken, beef or prawns and for those who are vegetarian, fresh veggies like carrots and leek. So, today, I am taking this recipe from my mum to share with you all and I’m not saying there is a right or wrong way to make it, it’s just the way she does it and it really is tasty.

For the soup base, you will need:

  • large soup pan
  • soup stirrer
  • a whole chicken
  • oxtail
  • pho soup powder and pho cubes (you can purchase this at a Chinese or Vietnamese supermarket, like Seewoo).

For vegetarians:

  • carrots
  • leek
  • pho soup powder and pho cubes (you can purchase this at a Chinese or Vietnamese supermarket, like Seewoo). 


Place the chicken (carrots) and oxtail (leek) in the large soup pan and add water according to how many people you’re serving. The picture, for reference is for approximately eight medium bowls. Add the pho soup powder, stir, then boil on a low heat for two hours. After two hours, add fresh ginger chunks, pho cubes (four cubes serves six people) and two teaspoons of salt, stir and boil for a further ten minutes.

During the time, while your soup is cooking, prepare your meats or vegetables and toppings.


  • chicken (in this recipe, my mum has boiled, sliced and marinated the meat with red onion and a small amount of green chillies
  • fresh beef

For Vegetarians:

  • Potatoes (boiled)
  • lettuce or cabbage

Toppings (for both meat soup or vegetarian soup):

  • fresh coriander
  • fresh spring onion (wash and chop)


One pack of dried rice noodles as pictured above will serve four medium bowls. Boil this in a large saucepan for approximately five minutes and allow to cool before serving.

To serve:

Place noodles in to a soup bowl, add your meats or vegetables and then the spring onion and coriander. Spoon the soup in to the bowl and serve straight away.



    • 26th September 2014 / 3:14 pm

      It is, you should try it. xx

  1. 24th September 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Ooh yummy! I love Vietnamese food but never make it. Will have to try this as I'm a soup fiend in the winter 🙂

    Honey Go-Lightly

    • 26th September 2014 / 3:37 pm

      Oh, me too! You should definitely try this, you'll love it. xx

  2. 24th September 2014 / 9:48 pm

    I love Pho! I actually emjoy eating Viet food!

    • 26th September 2014 / 3:40 pm

      It's lovely isn't it? xx

    • 26th September 2014 / 3:43 pm

      Well, now you do. xx

  3. 26th September 2014 / 10:20 pm

    wohooo it looks so yummi! pho is one of my fave dishes:D

    lots of love xx
    Nee from ROSECANDLE11

    • 27th September 2014 / 8:48 pm

      Me too, you should give this a try. xx

  4. 29th September 2014 / 10:02 pm

    This looks sooooo good!! I will definitely try it!

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