Saturday , 20 January 2018

Faux Pho

I’m back!

It’s been so long since my last post and I apologize.  I got super sick, and then my family had a late Easter so I spent all of Saturday and Sunday in a cooking extravaganza (plus doing some much-needed cleaning).

So basically I spent Monday completely wiped out and we ended up going out to dinner.

But here’s something I made when I was sick to use up some of the little bits and pieces in our fridge and pantry and because the thought of soup seemed like a good idea to try to beat down some of the sickness.  I’m not sure how well it actually worked, but I loved every bite of it as I was eating it.

I’m calling it Faux Pho because I was inspired by pho when I was throwing together the soup, but I can pretty much guarantee that it’s nowhere near authentic.

Although it is super delicious and was the perfect meal to get some hot broth into a sick person i.e. me.  My husband also verified the tastiness so rest assured (because you were so worried) that it wasn’t just my sickness combined with awesomely hot broth giving me that yummy feeling.

To me pho is all about the garnishes  so I made a giant plate of side veggies which had the added bonus of effectively cleaning out my produce drawer.

I went the route of limes, a sliced jalapeno, bean sprouts, cilantro and some sliced green onions.  You could definitely do some mint or basil in place of or in addition to some of the garnishes.

I wouldn’t suggest skipping the beans sprouts or lime though.  Those two ingredients are pretty standard and, in my mind at least, absolutely necessary.

Also I’m a condiment fanatic so I set out hoisin, sriacha, soy sauce and Maggi for further customization (and added tastiness!).

Faux Pho

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 366

Fat per serving: 7

Faux Pho


  • 7 oz wide rice stick noodles
  • 4 scallions, whites minced and green parts sliced on diagonal for garnish
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced in half-moons
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz lean sirloin
  • ½ Tbsp canola oil
  • Garnishes:
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 1 lime cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced in half moons
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro (or mint or basil or a combination)
  • Optional: Hoisin, Sriacha, Soy Sauce, Maggi


  1. Soak the rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Put the beef into the freezer and let freeze for 15 – 25 minutes. Cut across the grain in to as thin a slice as possible.
  3. Arrange all of the garnishes on a plate and set aside.
  4. Heat canola oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add in the onions and sauté for 5 – 7 minutes or until very soft and starting to brown. Add in garlic and ginger and cook for another 30 seconds – 1 minute or until fragrant. Add in cabbage, beef stock, and 5 spice powder and bring to a boil. Taste and adjust (this is the point to add in more 5 spice and salt and pepper if you think it needs it).
  5. Stir in the noodles and simmer for 30 seconds until warmed and softened. Stir in the beef and remove the pan from the heat (the heat of the broth will cook the beef).
  6. Divide between 4 bowls and garnish to your liking.

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  1. Wait a minute, have you changed your blog header? Looks so pretty. The photo of your faux pho (say that six times fast), is very captivating and my recipe versions are not usually close to authentic so I’m all good with that! 😉 – more importantly, this looks positively delicious. Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather… I hope you’re feeling better!
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  2. Authentic or not, I love the freshness and color of your Faux Pho! I even like saying the name – fun! I hope you’re feeling much better now. 🙂
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  3. Love the title! Hope you are feeling better – this looks like a delicious way to bring yourself back to health.
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  4. This looks a lot hardier than most of the phos I’ve had. Love all the garnishes because yes – pho is about the garnishes and to me – the broth/stock. This Faux Pho (love it!) looks delicious!
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    • I agree. I definitely should have made my own stock (seasoned with lemongrass, garlic and ginger) but I was so sick I couldn’t handle the thought. But at least I got the garnishes!

  5. Love all that flavours in that plate!
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  6. Love the name 🙂 And it looks fantastic! Nice and hearty, would definitely help make you feel better.
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  7. This really does sound healthy and I bet it did help make you feel better. Love those fresh veggies, I love bean sprouts too. Take care and I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

  8. This looks fantastic! We have been super sick too and this looks like just what the doctor ordered! Have a fantastic week sweetie and I hope your feeling better!
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  9. This may not be spot on authentic but it sure looks and feels like the real deal – GORGEOUS!

    I hope you’re feeling better and this soup is just what the Doctor ordered, I am sure 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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