How to Make Delicious Rare Beef Pho With Beef Balls

Rare Beef Pho with Meatball


  • 400g dried rice noodles
  • 500g beef (preferably eye round or sirloin)
  • 500g beef bones
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 3-4 slices of ginger
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 2-3 liters water
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh herbs (cilantro, Thai basil, mint)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sriracha sauce


  1. Soak the dried rice noodles in cold water for about 30 minutes until they become soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring the beef bones, onion, ginger, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and cardamom pods to a boil. Skim off any impurities that rise to the surface.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the broth for at least 1 hour, up to 3 hours, to extract the flavors from the bones and spices.
  4. While the broth simmers, prepare the beef. Freeze the beef for about 30 minutes to make it easier to slice thinly. Then, using a sharp knife, slice the beef into thin slices. Set aside.
  5. After the broth has simmered, strain it to remove the solids and return it to the pot. Season the broth with fish sauce, sugar, and salt to taste.
  6. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil and blanch the rice noodles for a few seconds until they are tender. Drain and divide the noodles among serving bowls.
  7. Arrange the thinly sliced beef on top of the noodles in each bowl.
  8. Ladle the hot broth over the beef and noodles, ensuring that they are fully submerged.
  9. Serve the pho with fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges, hoisin sauce, and sriracha sauce on the side. Let each person customize their bowl according to their taste.
  10. Enjoy the delicious pho while it’s hot!

That’s it! You now have a recipe for making tasty rare beef pho with beef balls. Enjoy your meal!