How to Make Delicious “Pho Ga” (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

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“Pho Ga,” or Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup, is a comforting and aromatic dish that’s perfect for any time of the year. This recipe combines tender chicken, flavorful broth, fresh herbs, and rice noodles to create a bowl of warmth and satisfaction. Here’s how you can make it at home:


  • For the Broth:
    • 1 whole chicken (about 1.5 kg), skin removed
    • 2 onions, peeled and halved
    • 5-6 slices of ginger
    • 4-5 star anise
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 5-6 cloves
    • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • Water (enough to cover the chicken)
  • For Serving:
    • 400g dried rice noodles (banh pho)
    • 2 cups bean sprouts
    • Fresh herbs (Thai basil, cilantro, mint)
    • 2-3 fresh red chilies, sliced (optional)
    • 2 limes, cut into wedges
    • Hoisin sauce and sriracha sauce (optional)


  1. Prepare the Broth:
    • In a large pot, add the whole chicken, onions, ginger slices, star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, coriander seeds, salt, and sugar.
    • Fill the pot with enough water to cover the chicken (about 4-5 liters).
    • Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.
    • Simmer gently for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  2. Cook the Rice Noodles:
    • While the broth is simmering, cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions.
    • Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the broth and let it cool slightly.
    • Shred the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces. Discard the bones and skin.
  4. Assemble the Pho:
    • Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the solids. Discard the solids and return the clear broth to the pot.
    • Taste the broth and adjust seasoning with more salt or sugar if needed.
  5. Serve:
    • Divide the cooked rice noodles among serving bowls.
    • Top with shredded chicken and bean sprouts.
    • Ladle the hot broth over the noodles and chicken.
  6. Garnish:
    • Garnish each bowl with fresh herbs (Thai basil, cilantro, mint), sliced red chilies (if using), and a wedge of lime.
    • Serve hot with hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce, and additional lime wedges on the side for extra flavor.


  • For a clearer broth, you can strain it through a cheesecloth-lined sieve.
  • Customize your pho by adding more herbs or adjusting the spiciness with sliced chilies.
  • The longer you simmer the broth, the richer and more flavorful it will become.


Pho Ga is a beloved Vietnamese dish known for its complex flavors and comforting qualities. By following these steps, you can create a bowl of Pho Ga that rivals your favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Enjoy the hearty broth, tender chicken, and fresh herbs in every spoonful of this delicious soup!