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Dish Do-Over: Vietnamese Beef Pho

Dish Do-Over: Vietnamese Beef Pho


The perfect way to warm up on a cold day! Chef Jo Lusted shows us the hidden fat and calories in this unassuming soup with her delicious Dish Do-Over alternative. Chef Jo's healthier recipe gets the fat down from 29.5 grams to 11.4 grams, and the calories from 692 to 484!

Vietnamese beef pho


1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
1 medium onion, halved
4 inch piece ginger, quartered
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 star anise
3 inch stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
4 whole cloves
6 cups sodium reduced beef stock
2 cups water
1 pound shiritaki or brown rice vermicelli noodles
8 ounces lean beef flank steak, chilled in freezer for 20 minutes
8 sprigs fresh cilantro
8 sprigs fresh basil
8 sprigs fresh mint
4 cups bean sprouts
2 cut into wedges
2-3 red chili peppers, thinly sliced
garnish Sriracha Sauce
garnish low sodium soy sauce


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  
  2. Add onion, ginger and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is golden.  
  3. Stir in star anise, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds and cloves.
  4. Add stock and water, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes, to allow flavours to blend.
  5. Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids; return broth to pot and bring to a boil.
    *(For make-ahead: Broth can be prepared up to 48 hours in advance, covered and refridgerated. Bring to a boil before proceeding with recipe.)
  6. Add noodles to broth and cook according to package instructions.
  7. Scoop noodles from broth using a fine-mesh sieve and divide among serving bowls.
  8. Remove beef from freezer and thinly slice across the grain into pieces about 1/8 inch thick.
  9. Place beef on noodles (the broth will cook it).
  10. Arrange herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges and chilies (if using) on a large platter to serve along soup, with Sriracha and tamari, for guests to garnish their bowls.
  11. Pour broth into bowls and serve immediately.

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Serving Size: serves 4


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