10 cups rich beef stock 5 limes 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce 2 star anise seeds (optional) 1 package (13 ounce size) Thai Rice sticks 1 1/2 cup bean sprouts 6 green onions 1/2 bunch cilantro 1 pound beef sirloin 1 cup basil leaves 2 jalapenos OR 4 serrano chilies Additional fish sauce Sriracha or other Asian chili sauce
Bring beef stock to a boil in a large stock pot with the juice of 3 of the limes, fish sauce, and star anise if using. Let stock boil for 15 minutes.
In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and cook rice sticks according to package directions. Drain rice sticks. While noodles are cooking and stock is heating, prep the condiments. Slice green onions on a long diagonal. Roughly chop cilantro. Slice beef into a thin a slice as possible with a very sharp knife. Rinse basil, dry, and put on platter for service. Slice remaining limes and arrange next to basil on serving platter. Thinly slice chilies and arrange on serving platter.
Place platter on table with fish sauce and chili sauce. When noodles are cooked and drained, divide among six bowls. On top of noodles, divide evenly the bean sprouts, sliced green onions and cilantro. Top herbs with rare beef divided evenly between bowls. Remove star anise from stock. Ladle hot stock over each bowl of noodles and beef. Serve immediately.
Allow each person to season bowl to taste with additional lime juice, basil, sliced chilies, fish sauce and chili sauce.
Reduce the lime as recommended and you have a winner!
Jul 14, 2013
I thought the lime was actually fine in this but maybe it depends on the size and type of limes you're using? I added the star anise, fish sauce, and of course sriracha!
Jul 7, 2013
I have been absolutely addicted to Pho lately and am thrilled to make it at home. I agree with the others that there is too much lime but if you reduce that then this is delicious!
Jul 3, 2013
dorin Member since: January 26, 2008
I cut back on the lime as recommened and it was perfect!
Jan 8, 2013
This recipe is divine!! I took suggestions abt the lime & added 5 whole cloves & 2 table spoons of dried onion flakes to the broth while cooking. Oh, and a dash of ginger. It was UNBELIEVABLE!!! Thank u.
Oct 7, 2011
Excellent for a quick Pho recipe...but I agree on last post, WAY too much lime. Cut in half and add to taste with your Sriracha and fixings! I also added a little (star of) anise extract. Delish for a quick Pho!
Feb 14, 2010
WAAAAYYYY too much lime. Make sure to cut back to maybe 1 1/2 limes for the full recipe. You can always add more later. Otherwise pretty good, but couldn't get the full experience b/c of how much the lime dominated.
Nov 18, 2009
I absolutely love this recipe, my friend gave it to me about a month ago and I have made it every week since then. Love it.