Homemade Beef Pho

Pho is an amazing Vietnamese soup that can many different flavors and can be a very healthy meal. The flavor of the broth can be from beef, seafood and chicken. There are a variety of herbs, noodles, vegetables and meats that can be added to the soup to add extra flavor and depth.

My favorite Pho soup is from a beef bone broth base. I have added thinly sliced beef, spiced pork belly and even made vegetarian versions at home. Pho can be an extremely healthy, tasty and easy soup to make at home.

When making this soup at home you can control the quality of the ingredients that you put inside of it. Many of the instant and restaurant versions of this and other Asian soups can contain a large amount of MSG.

Some people are very sensitive to MSG. MSG at high levels can be excitotoxic to your brain cells. Excitotoxic means that it can over stimulates nerve cells to the point of cell death. This can cause any number of neurological symptoms.

Fish sauce

Fish sauce is basically fermented sardine juice. I know it sounds nasty and yes it does not taste or smell great. But, when added to the soup it gives it that magic salty flavor. When looking for fish sauce find some that does not have MSG inside of it. This would be the main ingredient that would have MSG in your homemade soup.

Homemade Beef Pho

By Dr. Joseph DuChene, Jr., D.C. Published: August 16, 2013

    A very healthy and tasty soup that you can make at home. There are several steps that I use to make this soup at home. The first thing I do is make a beef bone broth. I like to use this broth as the base for the soup.



    1. Add from beef bones to water in a stock pot and let it soak for about an hour.
    2. After the soaking, bring the water to a boil. Once the water begins to boil turn the heat down to a simmer. You can simmer for as long or as little as you like. You could simmer for as little as 2-4 hours or as long as 12 hours. The longer the simmer the more flavor and nutrients get into the broth.
    3. After you simmer shut off the heat to the pot and add in the parsley. Let the parsley steep for about 30 minutes.
    4. Strain out all of the vegetables and bones from the broth.
    5. Put the stock in the refrigerator and cool so that the fat solidify. Once that happens strain it off and now you have stock you can use to make the base of the Pho soup.
    6. Quarter the 2 onions and cut the piece of ginger in half. Put them under the broiler to char the outsides.
    7. Put your soup base in a pot and start heat to a boil.
    8. Put the spices from cinnamon stick to cloves in a warm pan and toast them until they start to darken. This should start to smell great!
    9. Put the spices, onions and ginger into the boiling soup base. Add in the salt, fish sauce and sugar. Turn the heat down to a simmer and simmer for 2 hours.
    10. Adjust the taste. The combination of the salt, fish sauce and sugar bring out the flavors inside of the soup. Taste the soup. If it tastes a little flat add a little bit of each and taste it again. Once the taste is done your soup is good to go.
    11. Now you are ready to build your soup! Here are some things that go well with this type of soup. thinly sliced beef bean sprouts noodles basil dikon cilantro jalapeƱo sriracha sliced scallion