How to Make Delicious Beef Meatball Pho

Meatball Pho

Beef meatball pho is a popular Vietnamese dish, known for its flavorful broth and tender meatballs. It is a perfect dish to enjoy on a cold day or for a family gathering. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make delicious beef meatball pho.


  • 500g beef brisket
  • 500g beef bones
  • 1 onion
  • 1 ginger root
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Rice noodles
  • Fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, mint)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced chili peppers


  1. Prep the ingredients: Cut the onion and ginger root in half, crush the garlic cloves, and toast the cinnamon stick, star anise, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and cardamom pods in a pan.
  2. Blanch the beef: Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the beef brisket and bones. Let them cook for a few minutes, then remove them from the pot and rinse with cold water.
  3. Roast the onion and ginger: Use a torch or gas stove to char the onion and ginger halves until they turn black on the outside.
  4. Boil the broth: Fill a large pot with 5-6 liters of water and add the beef brisket, bones, charred onion and ginger, toasted spices, fish sauce, sugar, and salt. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Skim the foam and impurities from the surface regularly.
  5. Make the meatballs: Combine 500g of ground beef with minced garlic, minced shallots, salt, pepper, and a dash of fish sauce. Form the mixture into small meatballs.
  6. Cook the meatballs: Add the meatballs to the broth and let them cook until they float to the surface.
  7. Prepare the rice noodles: Cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions.
  8. Assemble the dish: Place the cooked rice noodles in a bowl and add a few meatballs on top. Pour the hot broth over the noodles and meatballs. Garnish with bean sprouts, fresh herbs, lime wedges, and sliced chili peppers.

Enjoy your homemade beef meatball pho!