Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pho Bo - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

The first time I tried Pho Bo when I was at Central Park. Honestly, I've never tried a typical Vietnamese food before. So when I look around quite a lot of foreign cuisine in peddling in the food court in Central Park, so my choice fell on a dealer who sells a variety of typical Vietnamese noodles.

Vietnamese cuisine can be categorized into 3 sections according to regions. 
North Vietnam - has a more simple dishes and get a lot of influence from Chinese (Cantonese), with more use of soy sauce.
French influence can be seen in the region - South Vietnam , which has also received influences from India with curry spices. 
Finally, Central Vietnam - which further demonstrate the influence of "pure" taste of Vietnam with a clearer, more seasoned & more colorful.

Chinese influence in Vietnamese cuisine can be seen from the use of many vegetables in the menu & the use of chopsticks at the dinner table. 
While donating the use of French cooking techniques - consommé (clear broth) as the basis for making most of the Vietnamese soup, and Pho Bo is famous was actually the Noodle Consommé; the noodles which served with clear broth.

That morning I tried to make Pho Bo for breakfast & trust me ... this is one of the easiest dish that i ever made! The process of cooking & the difficulty   "almost" the same as when we make Indomie with egg & vegetables J
Not believe? 
Let's try it! ;)

  • 1000 ml chicken stock
  • 2 cm cinnamon
  • Star Anise
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 / 2 small Onion, sliced 
  • 2 cm Ginger, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 / 4 tsp salt - if needed 
  • 100 gram Beef - steak, fatty flank, lean flank, brisket- thinly sliced
  • 100 grams of bean sprouts, discarding root
  • 2 serving Vietname Silver Rice NoodleShahe 

  • 4 red chili, thinly sliced
  • 1 Spring Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks coriander, leaves picked
  • lime juice
  • Mint ( optional )
  • Basil 
    • Enter stock, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves in a saucepan, and cook until boiling. 
    • Heat oil in a skillet, sauté the onion and ginger until fragrant, remove, add into the broth pot. Cook until boiling, reduce the flame and continue cooking for about 1 / 5 hours until the smell out, lift.
    •  Strain broth, discarding the waste.  Back on the fire, add the fish sauce and salt ( if needed ). Add thebeff, and cook over low heat until boiling.
    • Boil sprouts,  noodle and brewed with boiling water, remove and drain
    • Place the noodle in a bowl, add the bean sprouts on top. Pour the hot broth and beef. Sprinkle with red chili, cilantro, mint & basil. Serve hot with lemon juice.
    • Enjoy! :)

    I enjoy the breakfast that morning along with my sister & a bowl of Pho Bo.

    Often when we tasted one type of food for the first time, then the moment was the best & think that is to be embedded in our memories.
    But for me,this Pho Bo is more enjoyable & valuable than the first - more delicious ... because I make this with my own hand & heart full of love - is more valuable ... because  in return I saw a smile on my sister's face when she said: "Tq Cici!" :) - And I also gained smiled and said to myself "Tq Lord!" :)

    Stay Healthy & Loves Your Kitchen More! ;) 

    Difficulty : Easy
    Cooking Time : 45 minutes
    Makes : 2 serving 


    1. Hi elies ini aku Linda(Frenzy)
      Elies seneng banget dah diundang ke blogmu, aku aja yg ga bisa masak jadi tertarik ingin nyoba, kliatannya resep2nya praktis, bergizi and bahan2nya mudah didapat..jadi seneng banget nih,tuk variasi makanan anak, tengkyu berat ya Lies :)

    2. Hi Linda ;)
      Tq untuk comment nya ya :)
      Senang kalau resepnya bisa menambah menu di rumahmu dear
      Memang yg akan di post kan resep" yg praktis tapi tetap sehat supaya semua orang bisa membuatnya :D

      Happy Cooking Linda! ;)


    Tq for yout visit - your kind comment & positive feedbaback makes me happy ;)