It was raining outside and I was already on my way to the grocery store.  So that’s when I made the decision to make pho — at home.

Now I’ve read and found numerous recipes on how to make Pho stock at home.  And I have to be honest, there’s a lot of ingredients (e.g. Oxtail) that I don’t have readily available.  Also, when you think about it, it’s so much cheaper to eat it out then to make it home. 

Unless you have pho stock, which I bought at the Asian grocery store.  I put about 3-4 cups of water and 2 TBSP of pho stock.  Then I added the cooked rice noodles (to cook, boil in water until soft — about 5-10 minutes). 

Pho Soup Base  Homemade Pho Soup

Then add: 

  • 2 TBSP very finely sliced white onions
  • 1 TBSP Hoisin sauce
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha sauce
  • Bean sprouts
  • Basil
  • Slice jalapenos (fresh is preferred, but what you find in a can/jar works too)
  • Cilantro (opt)
  • Lime
  • Thinly sliced beef (whatever cut you prefer — to cut it thin, freeze it for 30-45 minutes and then cut)

Delicious!  I’m definitely making this whenever I’m too lazy to go out and grab a bowl of Pho!

Homemade Pho