32 Comments / Reviews

  1. Brittany

    Hi would this recipe also work well in a Crock-Pot? And if so how long do you recommend and would you just throw in all the ingredients at once or what do you advise?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Brittany! Hmmm…. yes, I think you could do it in the slow cooker. I’d probably throw everything (except the noodles and toppings) into the slow cooker and try cooking on high for 2 to 4 hours, or low for 6 to 8 hours. Give that a try and let us know how it works!

  2. Julie

    I made this tonight for dinner. I have to agree that I found the layout of the steps confusing along with the headings to each step. BUT I thought the spices were very good. One thing I always add to my bowl of pho is Sri Racha sauce and a bit of soy sauce, along with the garnishes mentioned. After I added those things, I thought the soup tasted identical to the pho I’ve had at many restaurants. I should add that I didn’t have fresh ginger or a whole clove, so I used ground ginger about the size of a silver dollar in my palm and maybe three dashes of ground clove. This may have made it a bit spicier than the original recipe, but I have to say it was perfect to my family’s taste… I liked this recipe a lot, but a better layout to the recipe would be helpful.


  3. [email protected]

    Broth was bland and not very authentic tasting. Chicken needs more seasoning.


  4. Mariah

    I was SO excited to find an easy pho recipe, as there was a Thai restaurant in the town where I went to college (and it closed every July for the family to go back to Thailand), and their pho was one of my favorite foods ever! So I was disappointed in the results of this recipe. It was just so bland, and we used double the amount of chicken the recipe called for! I guess I was expecting the flavorful bowl of soup I was used to.

    I think I’m the future, I’d use all broth instead of the water, and maybe have half of it be regular instead of low sodium. And then I’d maybe double the amount of fish sauce.

    Also, as a note to people who want to try this recipe: read the directions thoroughly beforehand. They aren’t in order of time necessarily. For instance, one step says to let the chicken and spices and broth simmer for 30 minutes, but two steps later, it says to take the chicken out after 10 minutes. Luckily, I caught this before we overlooked the chicken!

    I’m eager to try this again with a few tweaks to see if I can get the pho that I love so much!


    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Mariah! Thanks for the feedback. Your adaptations sound great! Also, re-reading this again, I agree that the method steps are a little confusing. I updated the steps, so hopefully the recipe is a little easier to follow now!

  5. Denice

    I made this and it was awesome! Will certainly make it again! Thanks so much for sharing!


  6. Stacy

    Can’t wait to try this! We had Pho in a Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas recently and i absolutely loved it!

  7. Sandy S

    Emma thank you for all of your insights. I made this recipe last night and am totally delighted with the results. Such a nice fresh flavor! A complete break from the celery/onion/carrot flavors I usually add to chicken, to say nothing of fats/butter/oils! This recipe will be taking me to new places with chicken. And that’s just for starters. I have placed a hold on Andrea’s book at our library. (All 9 copies are checked out!!) Can’t wait to see it!!


  8. Blair

    How would you adjust this recipe if you used fresh noodles instead of the dried?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Blair! No adjustments, really. Just soak the fresh noodles in hot water until pliable, and make sure your broth is steaming hot when you pour it over the noodles in the bowls. I’ve made pho with fresh noodles many times — it’s such a treat!

  9. Regan

    This was a wonderful introductory phō recipe! Had to substitute fresh ginger for powdered and it still turned out really flavorful. Definitely a repeat recipe!


  10. Louise

    I served this to my family last night and my husband who is a traditionalist when it comes to chicken soup declared ,”Photastic!”

  11. Tanya

    Thank you for a truly authentic yet simple recipe. My family eats take out Pho once a week but with this recipe I am.sure i can make it for them. They loved it!! I added Star Anise and bay leaves to the ingredients and my husband and i added green chillies to the garnish for a spicy, sinus cleansing kick.

  12. Hana

    Please, please do not put maple syrup into a Vietnamese Noodle Soup. And sugar isn’t strictly necessary either but if you absolutely must, try rock sugar (Asian stores have this)

    • Luna

      I agree. To make the pho sweet authentically, you can add a baked onion into the broth and remove it when serving.

  13. eugeniakukla

    My husband called me at the office to tell me how much he liked this recipe. It must have been awesome because he seldom calls to compliment the Chef!! Thanks so much for the recipe. I really thought this would be more difficult than it was.

  14. Adrienne

    I’ve been using Better Than Bouillon for a while now to substitute canned or carton broths. It comes in a little glass jar and a little goes a long way. It tastes much better. I think it would work well in this recipe. I’m also thinking using a rotisserie chicken would add more flavor.

  15. Lyn

    Are is there any replacement for the fish sauce? Allergic to fish

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Lyn! In her vegetarian “chicken” pho recipe, Andrea uses nutritional yeast to give the broth its savory depth. You could give that a try! Her method is to mix 2 1/2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast powder (or 3 1/2 tablespoons if you have the flaky kind) into 2/3 cup hot water. Let stand until the solids separate from the liquid. Pour the liquid off the top and add to the broth; discard the solids.

      Another alternative is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Maggi Seasoning Sauce (Andrea uses 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons in her vegetarian “beef” pho recipes).

      • Shannon

        Would you suggest adding the nutritional yeast technique along with the fish sauce or would that be “too much”.

        • Emma Christensen

          Hi, Shannon! I think it would still be pretty good if you’re using vegetable broth and want to amp it up. Not sure it would be necessary with chicken broth, but… I also don’t think it would hurt! Let us know how it goes if you try it!

    • Grace

      I use soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce! Preferably soy, then I add hoisin sauce and sriracha

  16. Suzan Warnes

    I love pho and make my own version of it at least once a week. Currently I am on the FODMAP diet. Let me say my dietitian is not my friend this month. Anyway I will be trying this recipe as soon as I can. Here in Australia it is often served with the chilli sauce, chilli slices, Vietnamnese basil and hoisin sauce.

    • Gloria

      What is the Fodmap Diet? Have you been successful? Always looking for a new diet to try.

  17. Karlette

    I made this a few days ago. We loved it! I never before considered making pho because I thought it would take too much time and have too many fussy ingredients. I’m so happy to have been proved wrong!


  18. Sara | Last Night's Feast

    This recipe gives me confidence that I could actually make this in my own kitchen! Looks delicious

  19. Supriya Kutty

    The Chicken texture & color is beautiful! Its Saucy & tempting. Thank you so much for Emma sharing this with us.

  20. Michael Stone

    I put the spices in a large tea ball (3″diam), that I hang in the broth.

  21. Natalie

    I absolutely love pho! It’s always so fresh and yet so comforting, I really need to check out Andrea’s book

    – Natalie

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