Beef Pho

How can I make beef pho if I can’t find any beef bones in the supermarket? Improvise.

This is a quick & easy, as always, way of making beef pho without having to prepare the beef stock. I always have stock cubes in my fridge, easy to use and sometimes takes less time for quick preparations when you just don’t have the time or energy to make every single thing from scratch.

I have also done the beef in a marinade as I have found that I do not really like the tasteless flavour of the beef in the phos that I’ve had. So it is really up to the individual if they prefer to marinade the beef slices or not.

Beef Pho



2 litres of water (about)

1 cube of beef & chicken stock

2 star anise

2 lime leaves

2 tablespoon fish sauce

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar


300g (or more) Sliced beef (depending on what you feel like eating, ready sliced beef or a piece of steak)

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

Other ingredients:

300g Pho or Thai noodle or Chinese flat noodle (rice flour, kway teow)

handful of bean sprouts (I sprouted some)

Thai basil or spring onions (if you can’t find or do not have Thai basil on hand)

onion slices

Asian limes (or any type)

coriander leaves (optional)


  • Boil the ingredients for the soup. Allow to boil till you can smell the star anise.
  • Place some pho (noodles) in a bowl, top with some beef slices.
  • Pour the hot soup over the beef slices (to cook them) in the bowl.
  • Top with bean sprouts, spring onions & onion slices.
  • Eat as is or with a side dip of chilli sauce mixed with some fish sauce.




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