How to Build a Bowl of Pho

Have you ever thought about making your own pho at home? It’s easier than you think. Helen Le‘s new cookbook, Simply Pho, shows you how to create delicious broths, noodles, dipping sauces, and flavored oils so you can craft the perfect bowl of pho noodle soup. Get started with these tips for creating your own bowl of pho.


How to Build a Bowl of Pho

Your broth has simmered to perfection and your toppings and garnishes are prepped. Now what? It’s time to assemble the perfect bowl of pho! Once you are able to orchestrate the timing of everything to deliver a proper bowl that has all of the elements working together, these skills can then be transferred to any bowl that you build going forward. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a bowl that will make you (and others) satisfied.

  1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil.
  2. Add the bean sprouts to the saucepan and blanch for 3 to 5 seconds.
  3. Place a handful of noodles (fresh or cooked dried noodles) in a longhandle noodle strainer and blanch for 5 to 10 seconds. When you lift up the strainer, let the hot water drip into the empty bowl. Give the bowl a swirl and pour out the hot water. The noodles and bowl are then warmed up, ready for the hot soup.
  4. Place the warmed noodles in the bowl.
  5. Add toppings such as sliced meat, chopped scallion, and sliced onion
    to the bowl.
  6. Smash the white part of the scallion and blanch in the broth for 2 seconds. Ladle the scallion and hot soup over the noodles.
  7. Add additional garnishes such as fresh herbs, blanched bean sprouts, sliced chili peppers, and a squeeze of lime.
  8. Enjoy!

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Simply Pho A Complete Course in Preparing Authentic Vietnamese Meals at HomeWhether you are cooking for one or ten, Simply Pho brings healthy homemade pho noodle soup, with all the fixings, straight to your table. You’ll learn how to put together the perfect bowl of piping hot pho (both authentic and quicker weeknight versions) in a myriad of ways!

To complete this introductory Vietnamese cooking course, author Helen Le, creator of the popular YouTube channel Helen’s Recipes, also show syou how to make Vietnamese classic favorites–fresh and crispy spring rolls and bahn mi sandwiches–along with those that will be new and inspired favorites, such as omelets, crepes, and pizza all made with pho noodles; vermicelli noodle salads topped with beef and pork; and a variety of mi Quang noodle dishes. Helen also shows you how to make fresh pho noodles from scratch, Vietnamese baguettes, dipping sauces, flavored oils, and broth and aromatics so you can craft the perfect bowl of pho noodle soup at home. Try your hand at:

  • Pho Noodle Soup with Chicken
  • Pho Noodle Soup with Beef Stew
  • Vegan Crispy Spring Rolls
  • Chicken Curry with Vermicelli Noodles
  • Meatball Sandwiches and More

With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and stunning photos, Simply Pho will bring the mouthwatering and aromatic scents of your favorite Vietnamese restaurant straight to your kitchen!