Pho is one of the few recipes that I will “cheat” with when I make it. Normally when I want pho, I want something fairly quick and simple, I don’t want to put in the hours that goes into making the perfect bone broth. So, I buy the Asian Home Gourmet Pho packets. One day, I’ll make an amazing bone broth, freeze it, and that will be what I use for pho, until then… it’s not really homemade, but it’s delicious and not take out.
The recipe for pho is by no means a hard and fast rule. Tweak, play, and substitute all you like! There are SO many different kinds of pho out there, from seafood to vegetarian, etc. So use the following recipe as a guideline, and don’t be afraid to experiment! To cut the beef thin enough to cook in the soup, put it in the freezer while you’re simmering the broth and use a VERY sharp knife.