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Vietnamese Beef Pho – Gluten Free

This recipe is a gluten-free version of Pho Bo, the iconic Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup. This soup is quintessential comfort food and one of the most well-known dishes to come out of Vietnam. Making pho noodle soup takes a little time but it’s well worth the wait.

Ingredients :

Beef Pho

600g Well Hung AngusPure scotch fillet steaks

2 onions, peeled and quartered

1 thumb size piece of ginger root, thickly sliced

2 cinnamon stick

4 whole star-anise

1 tsp garlic clove

2 tsp coriander seeds

1L Beef bone broth

1L water

2 carrots, cut into large chunks

2 tbsp fish sauce, choose gluten-free

1 tbsp brown sugar

375g rice noodles, soaked and drained

1 tsp black pepper corns, crushed

1 tsp salt


bean sprout, fresh

1 spring onion, sliced

fresh coriander

fresh mint

wedges lime

red onion

Sriracha sauce


  1. Turn on oven to broil/grill at max setting. Place oven rack high inside the oven. Line a tray with foil and arrange onion and ginger in 1 layer. Broil for 20 to 30 minutes until charred in some spots.
  2. Place steak in the freezer for 40 minutes to firm up. Slice thinly and set aside to bring to room temperature.
  3. While that is happening, place cinnamon, star anise, coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves in a dry frying pan and toast on medium heat, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Pour broth and water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the toasted aromatics, carrots, fish sauce, brown sugar, and salt. Add charred onions and ginger. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
  6. While the broth is cooking, prepare the topping ingredients and arrange into a couple of dishes.
  7. Using a mesh strainer or slotted spoon, remove and discard the solid ingredients from the broth. Season to taste. Turn the heat up and bring the broth to a rolling boil.
  8. Cook noodles in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and divide the hot noodles into four bowls.

To Serve

  1. Arrange sliced steak into the bowls in a single layer, clumps of steak might not cook evenly.
  2. Ladle piping hot broth over the steak, cooking it instantly.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with your choice of toppings.