Justin & Amanda Learn to Cook: Meal 3 – Pho

Justin & Amanda Learn to Cook: Meal 3 – Pho

I love pho. 

Vietnamese food is probably my favorite cuisine, and pho is the star of the show. This week we decided to try our hand at a quick version of pho, meaning we didn’t make the broth from bones ourselves. I tried and failed at making my own beef broth earlier this year, and while I’d love to learn from my mistakes, I was too hungry to risk a bad meal. 


  • Top sirloin
  • Pho bouillon 
  • Vermicelli rice noodles
  • Bean sprouts 
  • Jalape├▒os 
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh cilantro 
  • Fish sauce
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Green onion
  • Lime


Bring 10 cups of water to boil and add bouillon and fish sauce. Simultaneously fry garlic, shallots, and ginger. Add mixture to broth when cooked fully. 

Next, we sliced the sirloin thin, and gave it a quick sear. If we owned a meat slicer, this would’ve been the time to use it, as you could add the raw meat straight to the soup. Slicing by hand is harder and leaves the beef thicker obviously, thus why we seared the sirloin. 

After the beef, we added the rice noodles to boiling water for 3 minutes. Then we drained it, and let it sit until everything was ready to serve. 

Next we sliced all of the fresh vegetables. Once everything was ready, we added everything to the broth, and dinner was served. Relatively easy and really tasty. 

Add salt as needed – I found our pho to be much less salty than what you find at a restaurant. Hopefully I can make this with a homemade broth next time. Regardless, Amanda seemed to enjoy it! 

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