So straight off the hop here I am gonna let you know that this is NOT authentic pho! This is an easy pho recipe- a quick alternative to the slow simmered flavorful broth that is the heart of real, authentic pho.
A little background- my husband loves Pho. It is his very favorite thing to go out and eat, and he is in the mood for it all the time. I am not so big on it myself, so this results in him not being able to have it quite as much as he would like to. Actually, whether or not I like it more would probably make no difference anyways, because we don’t really get out much…because kids.
Recently my husband was sick and he really wanted some. Being the amazing wife that I am, I decided to try and make him some. However I wasn’t about to cook some fancy broth all day long. I was looking to make a lazy ass version of this that would satisfy his craving without having to leave the house. That is how this easy pho was born!
Now, keep in mind- this can be customized to suit your liking. My husband tends to be a little… generous with the Sriracha sauce so I doubt he would notice too much tweaking. However, if you like the pure flavor of the pho itself you may want to tweak this as you see fit.
Additionally, I tried to make this with things we usually have on hand. For that reason we did not use the fresh herbs that are usually included. Add some cilantro, mint, etc. if you’re feeling fancy.
A Note About the Beef
I know that I usually post recipes that suit mostly plant based diets, however as flexitarians we still cook with and use meat, however just smaller amounts. The great thing about recipes like this are that they use such a small amount of meat that it is a cost effective way to reduce meat intake without sacrificing flavor.
We almost always have very thinly sliced beef on hand that we use for stir fry. What we do is we get a roast from a local farm (Hopcott Meats– if you are ever in the lower mainland B.C. you should absolutely check them out!) and lightly freeze it. It will then be easier to slice into very thin slices that will cook up easily once the broth hits it.
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How do you like your pho?