Yield: 4 servings
- 3-4 cardamom pods
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 spice cloves
- 5-6 star anise
- 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric
- 2-3 slices of fresh ginger
- 8-10 cups bone broth (homemade is best here but I know not many people make it from scratch)
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 package vermicelli rice noodles (I used A Taste of Thai brand)
- 24 oz protein (I used thinly sliced deer meat here; you could try chicken, tofu, or steak)
- 1 can bean sprouts, drained
- 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
- Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- Fresh mint leaves
- Fresh basil leaves
- Gluten free hoisin sauce
- 1 fresh limes, cut in quarters
- Place all spices, cardamom pods to ginger, in a large stock pot over low heat and dry cook until fragrant. Watch closely as this only takes a few minutes and you don’t want the spices to burn.
- Add bone broth, fish sauce, and sugar. Bring to a rolling boil for just 2 minutes, stir to combine and then bring heat as low as you possibly can. Let broth simmer for 2-3 hours.
- A half hour before your broth is done, or when you’re getting hungry, start preparing the noodles + meat. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the noodles; add a TBSP (or two) of salt to water as well. Just an FYI, bringing the water to boil takes much longer than actually cooking the noodles! The noodles take about 2-3 minutes to cook.
- While water is boiling, thinly slice your protein of choice and sear in a little olive oil over high heat. Season with salt and pepper if you’d like. Because the meat is so thin, it won’t take long to cook. Using a higher temperature will help sear the outside but leave the inside nice n’ juicy.
- During steps 3 + 4, take a moment to taste test your broth. Season as needed and remove all spices with a small mesh strainer (or spoon if you don’t have one).
- Once your noodles are done, strain them and then transfer into serving bowls immediately. Laddle hot broth over noodles and then top with seared protein.
- Finish each bowl of pho off with the toppings of your choice! I love a little bit of each topping but the fun part about this dish is everyone can choose their own 🙂
- Let this pho warm your heart + soul and save any leftovers for lunch the next day; it’ll be just as tasty!