Pho with Steak

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “hang over cures”. I have always wanted to make pho because I find it delicious but all recipes I have read seemed daunting. This was very delicious but due to the ingredients and how long it took, I think I would much rather go to the ton of places within a couple miles from my home. That being said, I am very glad I tried making it.

  • Servings: 6-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: vietnamese
  • Course: entrée
  • Cooking Time: 550 mins


4 lb Beef Bones
1/2 White Onion
1 Tablespoon Canola oil
4 Inchs Ginger
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Ground Fennel
3 Whole Star Anise
3 Whole Cloves
2 Pods Cardamom
2 1/2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 teaspoon Sugar
16 oz Dried Rice Noodles
1 1/2 lb Flank Steak
2 wedges Limes , cut in
Thai Basil
3 Chili Peppers , sliced
1 1/2 Cups Bean Sprouts
Sriracha Sauce


  1. Bring a large stockpot with water to boil and add the beef bones. Boil for at least 10 minutes but no more than 25 to clean the beef bones.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Place beef bones in preheated oven until browned (about 30 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, slice the ginger and heat a frying pan on medium low heat.
  5. Add the spices and toast until fragrant (about 3 – 5 minutes). Add spices to a slow cooker.
  6. Return frying pan to burner and heat oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger slices and 1/2 onion (whole). Cook until the ginger is browned on both sides and the onion is blackened (about 5 – 7 minutes). Add to the slow cooker.
  7. When the bones are browned add them to the slow cooker and top everything with water; I used about 10 cups.
  8. Cook everything for a minimum of 8 hours on low (I did 20 hours).
  9. 1 hour before the slow cooker is done, start soaking the rice noodles in water.
  10. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Slice the beef into very thin slices and add to each bowl raw with rice noodles.
  12. Strain the broth through a fine meshed sieve into a large pot and bring to a boil.
  13. Fill each bowl with broth and server with limes, cilantro, thai basil, mint, chili peppers, and beansprouts.


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