For as much pho as the Busy-Lazy boys consume, you’d think that I would’ve figured out how to make the stuff myself by now. I dunno, I’ve been kinda sorta intimidated by the idea of making pho, partly cuz I know what the good stuff tastes like and I would be totes disappointed if I couldn’t make anything comparable, but mostly cuz pho is all about the broth and a really good pho broth recipe is probably a family secret handed down from your bà ngoại and stuff.
Since we missed Sunday pho day at our usual Vietnamese pho place, I decided to put on my big boy pants and have a go at making some pho broth myself. Turns out it’s surprisingly simple to make, if a little bit of a pain in the neck. A really good beef pho broth is rich, complex, and clear, like a French consommé. The pho broth I made requires quite a few steps, but your patience will be rewarded. Here’s how to make it:
Excellent. What a triumph!