Quick and Easy Imitation Pho

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So straight off the hop here I am gonna let you know that this is NOT authentic pho! This is an easy pho recipe- a quick alternative to the slow simmered flavorful broth that is the heart of real, authentic pho.

A little background- my husband loves Pho. It’s his very favorite thing to go out and eat, and he’s in the mood for it all the time. I am not so big on it myself, so this results in him not being able to have it quite as much as he would like to.

Actually, whether I like it or not would probably make no difference anyways, since we don’t really get out much…because kids.

Quick and Easy Imitation PhoRecently my husband was sick and he really wanted some. Being the wonderful wife that I am, I attempted to make him some. However I wasn’t about to cook some fancy broth all day long for some MAN-COLD.

Quick and Easy Imitation Pho- Quick enough to whip up during the weeknight rush!

My aim was to make a lazy ass version of this that would satisfy his craving without me working too hard, or him leaving the house. WIN WIN!

That’s how this easy pho was born!

Now, keep in mind- this can be customized to suit your liking. My husband tends to be a little… generous with the Sriracha sauce so I doubt he would notice too much tweaking. However, if you like the pure flavor of the pho itself you may want to tweak this as you see fit.

Additionally, I tried to make this with things we usually have on hand. For that reason we did not use the fresh herbs that are usually included. Add some cilantro, mint, etc. if you’re feeling extra.

A Note About the Beef

If you want a life hack for cooking like this, lean in and let me hit you with some knowledge.

Get a roast and lightly freeze it. It will then be easier to slice into very thin slices that will cook up easily once the broth hits it.

You want your slices to be thin enough that they will cook up quick in the simmering broth- but not too thin. We aren’t advocating for meat paper here.

Quick and Easy Imitation Pho

This delicious pho may not be authentic, but it’s a quick and easy alternative for when you have to satisfy that craving during the weeknight rush!

Instructions

Quick and Easy Imitation Pho

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 Carton Beef Broth
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/2 tbsp Minced garlic
  • 2 Thumbs Ginger About 2-3 inches worth cut into chunks
  • 1 Carrot Chopped roughly
  • 1/2 Onion Sliced
  • 1/3 package of Rice Noodles
  • 2-4 oz Very thinly sliced beef (See notes)
  • 1/4 cup Thinly sliced green onion For garnish
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper Thinly Sliced for garnish
  • 1/2 Lime Thinly Sliced for Garnish
  • 1/2 Package Sprouts

Instructions

  1. Boil broth with carrots, ginger, soy sauce, Chinese 5 spice, onion and garlic until vegetables are tender.
  2. Strain out veggies and keep the broth. Re-add onion if desired. Put back on stove and continue to boil.
  3. Cook rice noodles according to directions, drain and set aside.
  4. Put thinly sliced beef into a bowl and carefully pour the broth over it. If your beef is thin enough and the broth is hot enough it should cook quickly.
  5. Add noodles to broth and beef.
  6. Garnish with Jalapeno, green onion, lime and sprouts. Add Sriracha and Hoisin Sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • To slice beef easily, lightly freeze first so that it is easy to slice thinly.
  • Add Sriracha and Hoisin sauce after for flavor.

  1. Boil broth with carrots, ginger, soy sauce, Chinese 5 spice, onion and garlic until vegetables are tender.
  2. Strain out veggies and keep the broth. Re-add onion if desired. Put back on stove and continue to boil.
  3. Cook rice noodles according to directions, drain and set aside.
  4. Put thinly sliced beef into a bowl and carefully pour the broth over it. If your beef is thin enough and the broth is hot enough it should cook quickly.
  5. Add noodles to broth and beef.
  6. Garnish with Jalapeno, green onion, lime and sprouts. Add Sriracha and Hoisin Sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • To slice beef easily, lightly freeze first so that it is easy to slice thinly.
  • Add Sriracha and Hoisin sauce after for flavor.
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