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Jessica's Not-Quite-Ghetto Pho

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"My friend Jessica has for years taunted me with her recipe for 'ghetto pho,' so called because of her love for cheap ingredients. A proper pho takes days to make, mostly because of the traditional French approach to making beef stock."
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1 h 5 m servings 493
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine beef stock, chicken stock, lime juice, onion, cilantro, basil, lemongrass paste, red pepper flakes, cumin, garam masala, ginger, and white pepper in a stockpot. Add steak and shrimp; simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. While soup is cooking, prepare noodles about 30 minutes into the process. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil and add noodles. Boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain, rinse, and add to the soup. Stir in bean sprouts and season with salt.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use one 14 -ounce can bean sprouts instead of fresh sprouts if desired.
  • Use any cut of beef you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 493 calories; 13.5 59.1 31.7 122 694 Full nutrition

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