Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.
The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.
1 lb beef or pork bones
1 White onion, Large
4-5 quarts of water
1 tbsp Ginger, fresh
1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1 tbsp Pepper
2 tsp Chili Powder
2 pods Star Anise
2-3 tbsp Fish sauce
1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)
1 tbsp Sriracha
1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts
1 head of Cilantro
1 package Thai Basil
1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!
Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.
In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours. Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.
In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.
Eat and Enjoy ❤