In The Kitchen: Faux Pho Bo

Sometimes Chinatown simply isn’t close enough.  Especially when there’s freezing rain out there and I’m hungry!
#01 Medium Rare Beef Pho

So I had to make my own Pho and it ROCKED!
Faux Pho Bo

Of course, even though it’s my recipe, I didn’t follow it to the letter.  I had caramelized onions & mushrooms left over from the day before, so my soup had a couple of mushrooms in it too.  And those big white chunks you see in the photo to the right?  Those are garlic. Not minced, or even diced, just chunks poached in fragrant broth. Yum!

As posted on In The Kitchen:

When it’s late at night, freezing rain, and you’re hungry for Pho, it’s time to raid the pantry and whip together Faux Pho Bo.

This version of the now-ubiquitous Vietnamese soup is as easy as boiling water, uses standard Asian pantry supplies and is surprisingly similar to what you’ll find in your favourite Chinatown Pho-joint. Start to finish, you can be slurping soup in your jammies in about 15 minutes.

Full recipe for Faux Pho Bo on In The Kitchen.

[UPDATE: since this post was created, In The Kitchen has rebranded to The links in this post have been updated to take you to the right place on]

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3 thoughts on “In The Kitchen: Faux Pho Bo

  • January 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    [this is good] I thought Pho was least I get it at Vietnamese restaurants here…go figure 🙂

    Totally making this sometime.

  • January 15, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Pho is Vietnamese – but here in TO most of the Vietnamese restaurants
    are in Chinatown.  And as far as I know we have multiple Chinatowns,
    Koreantown, Little India, Little Italy, Little Portugal but no
    Vietnamesetown or Little Vietnam. 

    Let me know what you think when you try it out.  I’d love to hear.

  • January 15, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    [this is good] Totally making this … SOON! 🙂


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