Asian Bistro's Pho Recipe

What is Pho? 

Pho, pronounced "fuh," is an essential Asian comfort food found all over Southeast Asia. The dish is comprised of noodles, a clear soup broth, vegetables, herbs and (typically) beef. There are variations that now include chicken, seafood, pork or vegetables. Pho has quickly made its way into the Western spotlight, becoming a popular item in many traditional and Asian-fusion restaurants. Asian Bistro has served up lots of pho bowls in the past 5 years, especially during cold weather or flu season. We are now sharing the recipe for you to try at home!

Asian Bistro's Beef Pho Recipe 

4 servings


  • Beef Rib Bones (butcher or meat section in the grocery store)
  • Spice Blend (see below)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Fresh Ginger, sliced
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 3 stalks of Celery, sliced
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, sliced
  • Flank Steak, sliced thin
  • Beef pho meatballs (can be found at your local Asian Grocery store)
  • Pho noodles (can be found at your local Asian Grocery store)
  • Garnishes of choice: beansprouts, cilantro, chopped onion, lime, sriracha and hoisin
  • Pho Spice Blend:
    • 2 star anise or 1 star anise 
    • 1 medium Chinese black cardamom
    • 2 whole cloves
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
    • 10 black peppercorns
    • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    OR you can purchase a Pho Spice Blend at your local Asian Grocery store


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  2. Boil rib bones and entire spice packet in water for 1 hour 
  3. Add ½ cup sugar 
  4. Add sliced ginger (8 pieces), 1 whole sliced white onion, 2-3 sliced stalks of celery, 1 sliced stalk lemongrass & continue to boil for another half hour 
  5. Drain out solid ingredients (broth is ready at this point) 
  6. Slice raw beef (flank steak) into thin slices 
  7. Add sliced beef and meatballs to broth (you can also use the meat from rib bones) 
  8. Soak fresh rice noodles in hot water for 15 minutes 
  9.  Add garnishes to taste: bean sprouts, cilantro, chopped onion, lime, sriracha, hoisin.
Let us know in the comments if you have tried Pho before. Which one is your favorite? If you have any experience cooking pho, also let us know in the comments below.



  1. To make the chicken 1, do you just swap the rib bones for chicken broth or do you boil chicken bones?

    1. Yes! You can definitely swap for chicken broth and/or boil chicken with bones.

  2. Thank you guys so much for sharing this. Yours was the first pho I ever had and it was amazing. I'll definitely be trying to make some this upcoming winter- miss you guys and hoping you find a fantastic relocation place soon!

    1. Jeff, we are so honored that you tried ours and loved it so much! Hopefully, you will get to cook some up now that the weather is getting colder.

  3. Best Pho from East coast to West coast, hands down!
    We always enjoyed the Tofu Pho. Can you share that recipe?

    1. Hi Shaun, the recipe is the same. Just simply swap out the meat for tofu and only use vegetable broth instead of a beef broth! Hope this helps!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe... by far the best EVER!!!!

    1. You're welcome! Thank you SO much for the support and kind comment!!