Faux Pho - Quick and Easy Vietnamese Style Noodle Soup

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

There is nothing more comforting than hot, bold, vietnamese soup. I like mine spicy and a touch sweet. You can customize it in so many ways to make it your own, and it is super quick to make!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak rice noodles in very, hot tap water.
  2. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet on medium hot.
  3. Saute garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, with the beef until the beef is 85% cooked through. .
  4. Add broth, fish sauce, spices and sugar.
  5. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Rinse rice noodles and chop into 4-5 inch pieces.
  7. Place noodles in bowls, pour broth and meat over noodles.
  8. Add any or all garnish desired.
  9. Personal Note: I like mine with super spicy so I add tons of jalapeno and siracha sauce, along with all the veggies and herbs. You can also do this with pork, fish, shrimp, or chicken, or use veggie stock and tofu if you want to keep it vegetarian.
Most Helpful

We made this recipe last night, following the directions closely. We found the broth of the soup to be too spicy, too much cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. If we were to make this recipe again, we would use just a dash of the aforementioned spices, not a whole tablespoon of each. We have a Vietnamese restaurant close to us where we get our Pho so we are familiar with how it should taste. Recipe has potential, just dial back the spices if you choose to make it.

FionaKitty April 09, 2013

Absolutely delicious! Simple and quick just as the title implies! The broth is incredible. I followed this recipe about 85%... I didn't have allspice, I used anise star instead of seeds, I used snow peas instead of cabbage, went a little heavier on the ginger, and I didn't have fresh mint or basil. My whole family loved it!

yogadancer March 02, 2012

Way too much spice, not heat, the amount of spices should probably read teaspoon, not tablespoon. I had to scrap off spices from the top of the soup to make it edible.

Teresa C. September 11, 2015