Inspired by pho--a traditional Vietnamese soup--this one-pot meal is garnished with crunchy mung bean sprouts and chopped fresh basil. You could also serve it with lime wedges and a bottle of Asian chile sauce, such as sriracha, on the side. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over high heat. Add beef and cook, stirring often, until just cooked, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate using tongs, leaving the juices in the pot.

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  • Add bok choy to the pot and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add broth and water, cover and bring to a boil. Add noodles and soy sauce; simmer until the noodles are soft, about 4 minutes. Return the beef to the pot and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with bean sprouts and basil. Serve hot.

Tips

Tip: If you have a little extra time before dinner, put the flank steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help make it easier to thinly slice.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; 5.9 g total fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 523 mg sodium. 18.3 g carbohydrates; 21.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 1 stars
02/03/2016
Stop. Find another recipe. Such a waste of fresh ingredients. Flavorless. Not remotely Asian-flavored. Yuck. Look elsewhere. Cons: Bland Waste of beef Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2015
I found a Tai broth made by Swanson used that instead of chicken broth. It can be a little strong for some people you could cut it with broth. Add any veg you may have in the fridge. The premade broth made a world of difference. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2014
Child friendly! I used regular sodium broth and chicken and it was a hit! I will make it again. Pros: My daughter loved it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2013
Shouldn't even say inspired by pho The title sums it up. This is a terrible interpretation of an assumption of Vietnamese food. It is comparing Chinese take out to actual Chinese food. Pros: None Cons: White washed Vietnamese food Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/08/2013
I used lean ground turkey instead of flank steak. Browned the turkey halfway then added the bok choy and cooked for about 3-4 mins. Also added sliced green onions and sliced shitake mushrooms a little red pepper flakes and definitely more soy sauce. I think it turned out pretty good and I know it's healthy. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2013
Lacking Flavor...Needed too much help This was a very bland interpretation of pho. There wasn't much other than overpowering bok choy and a boiled beefy flavor. Needed so much doctoring the original recipe was completely worthless. Only great thing was the advice to freeze the meat to get nice thin slices. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/18/2012
This is not pho. This broth is just chicken broth and soy sauce which is nothing close to any type of Vietnamese-style noodle broth. It's like getting a bowl of rice putting soy sauce on top and calling it Chinese. Pho is beef-broth based. What makes pho - are the herbs you simmer into the broth - coriander cloves cinnamon cardamom fennel and most importantly star anise. The herbs are key ingredients. You also add ginger and onion. You strain out this stuff so that the broth is clean. Then you add fish sauce never soy sauce. Bok choy is typically never used in this. These are the basics....not to mention the optional veggies to add (mint Thai basil lime bean sprout cilantro culantro). Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/20/2012
too bland I added cilantro lime sliced hot peppers and more fish sauce to bring up the flavor to more authentic. Then it was easy and good. Pros: easy Cons: not enough flavor as written Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2012
I thought this was a great basic receipe. It did seem to need that extra kick. In keeping with Eating Well's efforts to keep this low sodium I avoided adding extra soy and instead added lime juice a clove of garlic a couple scallions(at the end) a little vinegar some ginger and extra hot pepper flakes. It is awesome! Maybe more Tai than Vietnamise. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2012
Here is what I did. I loved this but I did change some things. - I used thin sliced serloin steak instead of flank steak. - I used green cabbage (almost the whole head and really let it wilt down) - The broth I got was chef cubbard from Aldi and I think that is the BEST broth I have ever bought. The broth is a big part of the soup - make sure it is something you already love. - I also used for rice noodles than the recipe called. I got a 14oz package and used about 1/2. - THIS IS THE BIG PART - I used 3 tablespoon of Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki (it has sesame seeds in it) The only place I have found it is Target. Use this instead of Soy Sauce you will thank me. I also skipped the basil or whatever the bean sprouts were a good add on top. I did buy some Sriracha hot chili sauce and it tasted good it but honestly we didnt even need it. Pros: The flavor Cons: Nothing! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/24/2012
Bland but healthy I enjoyed this dish but it really need a little something extra. Because this is the first time that I made the dish I followed the recipe exactly. It isn't flavorful or filling enough to be a main course. Pros: healthy meal with ingredients I don't usually use Cons: tastes very plain Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2012
Delicious Pho-Sho Easy delicious add rooster sauce for some spice. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2012
Really enjoyed it!! I made this for my husband's birthday. We wanted something light and healthy but different from our normal fare. The only thing that would have made this better would be the addition of more light soy sauce and some red chili flakes. SOO good! Pros: Easy and quick! Cons: Needed a dash of spice and soy sauce Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This is a great pho recipe. It lends itself to upgrades depending on the group being served. I add crimini mushrooms a splash of mirin & sake garlic...yum yum yum. Dave Kinne Post Falls ID Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Whenever I've been served this at vietnamese restaurants it's been bland--isn't that the beauty of pho? Everyone adds condiments to taste? I love when i eat it with friends so i can taste how they think it's best. I always serve it with lots of lime chile-garlic sauce hoisin and rice vinegar on the side. Anonymous Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I added a 2" stick of peeled ginger 6 star anise used beef broth instead of chicken & added some dried Chinese black mushrooms soaked in hot water for 20 minutes then drained plus substituted fish sauce for the soy sauce to give it more flavor & a more authentic taste. Also I garnished it with lots of cilantro lime wedges & hot peppers. Great on a bitter cold night! Pepper London ON Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I read other review before trying it myself. It was bland. We ended up adding more soy sauce. We also added hot sauce at the table. Fredericksburg VA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
i always make this when i'm sick with tons of chile-garlic sauce for sinus clearing! Anonymous Montpelier VT Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was a bvery quick and easy soup. It was a little bland so I added chili paste at table. Anonymous Wildomar CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
needs fish sauce for dimension - soy doesn't do it Anonymous e falmouth MA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Whomever said Pho is bland either has never been to an authentic Vietnamese restaurant -- as if a Vietnamese person went to McDonalds and used that to judge what a hamburger should taste like. Clearly you don't get it. The commentor who added star anise etc is atleast barking up the right tree. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My children love Vietnamese food however I found this a little bland and had to add more spice and soy sauce. Still I will try it again but with chicken rather than beef. Another family favourite is Thai Chicken Green Curry which is really simple to do and a great healthy meal for during the week as it doesn't take long here is link to the recipe we use http://www.kidshealthyrecipes.com/index.php/healthy-kids-meals/thai-green-curry/ Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Easy but needs flavor This was so quick and easy to make but I didn't realize I was going to have to add flavor to it. It was fine alone but blah Pros: Super easy and only about 1/2 hour to make plus healthy Cons: no flavor you need to add stuff. I should be a recipe for a base of pho not pho itself Read More