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.
Vietnamese-Style Beef & Noodle Broth
Inspired by pho--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.
23 Reviews for Vietnamese-Style Beef & Noodle Broth
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
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.
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
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