Pho is my weekly deal at home and we've had "Pho Fridays" ever since I can remember. Once moving to Korea, it's taken a bit for me to find places where the pho tastes similar to what I'm used to, so I don't eat it out very often. This all changed once I got my slow cooker. Since then, my pho game has been ON! This is by no means a traditional pho recipe, for many reasons. I've adapted it to be made in a slow cooker, so there's no skimming of the "impurities" to yield a clear broth. This makes it a fuss-free recipe since you don't have to babysit it. I also made it FODMAP friendly by using a lot of green onion tops instead of the traditional charred onions. Despite the many adaptations, it is just the fix I need when I want the full flavor of pho all while being budget friendly and in a batch big enough I can enjoy a few bowls out of it.
To make the pho broth
- 2 pounds of beef (I used a piece of chuck roast because it was fatty enough to deliver enough flavor without drying out the meat over the long cook time)
- 1 ½ teaspoons five spice powder
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (use soy sauce if you have a fish allergy)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 bunch of chopped green onion tops
- Enough water to fill up your slow cooker after adding the above ingredients (My slow cooker is about 3-3.5 quarts)
To make a bowl of pho
- 1 cup of cooked thin rice noodles
- Shredded beef from the pho broth (or you can go sans-meat)
- Pho broth to cover your noodles
- Pho accompaniments and toppings: chopped cilantro, Thai basil leaves, chopped green onions, thinly sliced white onions, bean sprouts, sliced jalapenos, lime wedges, sriracha, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce (see note below)
- In a slow cooker insert, combine all pho broth ingredients and set slow cooker to low. I cooked this for close to 24 hours, but even after 8 hours, it tastes great.
- Fix yourself up with the "to make a bowl of pho" ingredients and you're ready to get your soup on!
Note: The accompaniments and toppings are all up to you. I've listed some of the more traditional ones, but feel free to make the pho customized to what flavors you like.
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