Slow Cooked Beef Pho

Slow Cooked Beef Pho

This quintessential pho starts with a beautifully cooked broth, cooked low and slow for an incredibly rich and aromatic base. The hot broth is ladled over the thinly sliced beef just before serving so it remains nice and tender.

4 hrs 45 mins total time

30 mins active time


Serves 4



  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 lb beef short ribs
  • 2 yellow onions

    coarsely chopped

  • 2½ oz fresh ginger


  • 1 head of garlic

    cut in half

  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 bunch (3 oz) cilantro

    stems and roots (if attached) and leaves separated

  • 2 quarts (64 fl oz) chicken stock
  • 2 cups (16 fl oz) water
  • 3 tbsp (1½ oz) hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce

    plus extra to season

  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 12 oz beef tenderloin
  • 8 oz thin rice noodles
  • ½ white onion

    thinly sliced

  • 5 oz bean sprouts
  • Lime

    to serve

  • Red chili

    thinly sliced to serve


  • 1Place a 5½-quart (10-inch) Dutch oven over high heat, once hot, add the oil and ribs and cook until well browned all over. This gives the stock a richer flavor. Remove and set aside.
  • 2Cook, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes, or until starting to color.
  • 3Add the cinnamon, star anise and cilantro stems and roots. Return the ribs and add the stock, water, hoisin sauce, fish sauce and sugar. Mix to combine and bring to a boil. Skim the surface, cover and remove from the heat.
  • 4Insert the wire rack into position 8. Place in the oven and start the timer. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 5Very thinly slice, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 6Once the stock is cooked, remove from the oven and skim off the fat for a less oily tasting soup.
  • 7Strain the stock into a saucepan and place over low heat to keep hot. The meat can be picked off the ribs and served in the pho or discarded.
  • 8Just before serving, cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water for 7 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • 9Divide the noodles and beef among serving bowls. Pour over the hot stock to cook the beef. Serve topped with onion, sprouts, cilantro and chili. Season with fish sauce and squeeze over lime.