Rare Steak & Tripe Pho

Rare Steak, Brisket

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup known for its rich broth and fresh ingredients. This recipe combines tender rare steak and tripe for a delicious twist on the classic dish.


  • 500g beef tripe, cleaned and sliced thinly
  • 300g beef sirloin or tenderloin, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (400g) dried rice noodles (banh pho)
  • 2 onions, peeled and halved
  • 5-6 slices of fresh ginger
  • 4-5 star anise pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh herbs (Thai basil, cilantro)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • Chili sauce or sliced fresh chilies (optional)


  1. Prepare the Broth:
    • In a large pot, char the halved onions and ginger slices over an open flame or under a broiler until slightly blackened.
    • Add the star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, coriander seeds, and cardamom pods to the pot. Stir briefly until fragrant.
    • Pour in 4 liters of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour, skimming off any foam that rises to the top.
  2. Prepare the Noodles:
    • Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the Meats:
    • Blanch the tripe slices in boiling water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
    • Thinly slice the beef sirloin or tenderloin. Set aside.
  4. Assemble the Pho:
    • Strain the broth into another pot to remove all solids. Season with fish sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper to taste.
    • Divide the cooked noodles among serving bowls. Top with slices of raw beef and cooked tripe.
  5. Serve:
    • Ladle the hot broth over the noodles and meat. The hot broth will cook the raw beef slices to rare doneness.
    • Serve immediately with fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and chili sauce on the side for added flavor and spice.

Enjoy this flavorful Rare Steak & Tripe Pho as a hearty and satisfying meal, perfect for any occasion. Adjust the seasoning and garnishes according to your taste preferences, and savor the authentic flavors of Vietnamese cuisine!