A Good Bowl of Pho - Radical

A Good Bowl of Pho

With a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and spices accompanying expertly cooked noodles or rice, Vietnamese cuisine is some of the best in the world.

One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes is pho (pronounced “fuh”), a traditional noodle soup that can be served with beef, chicken, fish, meatballs, veggies, and many other ways. Pho restaurants can be found all around cities, their customers dining on small plastic tables and chairs. Pho is a favorite for both Vietnamese and tourists alike.

We’ve searched around for an authentic pho recipe for you to try. One thing we learned—Pho may not be the easiest dish to cook, but it sure is delicious!

Below is a recipe for Authentic Beef Pho.

Use this recipe to raise awareness about the prayer needs for the people of Vietnam. Try your hand at Vietnamese cooking and invite your small group to pray for Vietnamese people over a bowl of pho.

Or…if you’re not ready to tackle cooking pho, find your nearest Vietnamese restaurant and meet your friends or small group for a night out. Get to know the people working at the restaurant. If they are Vietnamese, ask them to tell you about Vietnam and spend time in prayer for Vietnamese people.

Leave us a comment below and let us know how your pho experience went! If you have a different recipe for pho for us to try, please share it with us!

Authentic Beef Pho

(Makes 4 servings)

Recipe from allrecipes.com


  • 4 pounds beef soup bones
  • 1 onion, unpeeled and cut in half
  • 5 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 pods star anise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef top sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • Hoisin sauce (optional)
  • Sriracha or another chili-garlic sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius).
  2. Place beef bones on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven until browned, about 1 hour.
  3. Place onion on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven until blackened and soft, about 45 minutes.
  4. Place bones, onion, ginger, salt, star anise, and fish sauce in a large stockpot and cover with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 6 to 10 hours. Strain the broth into a saucepan and set aside.
  5. Place rice noodles in a large bowl filled with room temperature water and allow to soak for 1 hour. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. After noodles have soaked, place them in the boiling water for 1 minute.
  6. Bring broth to a simmer.


  1. Divide noodles among 4 serving bowls.
  2. Top noodles with sirloin, cilantro, and green onion.
  3. Pour hot broth over the top.
  4. Stir and let sit until the beef is partially cooked and no longer pink (1-2 minutes).
  5. Serve with bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime wedges, hoisin sauce and chili-garlic (Siracha) sauce on the side.
  6. Eat with chopsticks and a soup spoon.

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