Combining these two loves into one dish for both pho aficionados and brisket enthusiasts creates something truly magical. Brisket pho marries the deep, rich flavors of slow-cooked brisket with the aromatic, spiced broth of traditional Vietnamese pho. The result? A comforting, flavorful bowl that satisfies with every spoonful. Ready to bring this restaurant-quality dish into your kitchen? Here’s how.

brisket pho


For the Brisket:

  • 2 lbs beef brisket
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Broth:

  • Brisket bones (use the ones from your butcher when trimming your brisket)
  • 1 large onion, halved and charred
  • 4-inch piece of ginger, halved lengthwise and charred
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Additional Ingredients:

  • Rice noodles, prepared according to package instructions
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh herbs (cilantro, basil)
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced chili peppers
  • Hoisin sauce and Sriracha (optional)


  1. Prepare the Brisket:
  • Season the brisket generously with salt and pepper.
  • In a large pot, sear the brisket on all sides over high heat until browned. Remove and set aside.
  1. Broth Making:
  • Add the brisket bones, charred onion, and ginger to the same pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, skimming any foam or impurities that rise to the surface.
  • Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom, and coriander seeds. Simmer for at least 2 hours, preferably 4, to develop a rich flavor.
  • Return the brisket to the pot for the last hour of cooking.
  • Strain the broth, discarding solids. Season with fish sauce and sugar.
  1. Assembly:
  • Thinly slice the cooked brisket.
  • Place a serving of rice noodles in each bowl, then arrange brisket slices on top.
  • Ladle the hot broth over the noodles and brisket.
  1. Serving and Garnishing:
  • Serve with plates of bean sprouts, fresh herbs, lime wedges, and sliced chili peppers on the side, allowing each diner to customize their bowl.
  • Offer hoisin sauce and Sriracha for those who prefer an extra flavor kick.


Making brisket pho at home might sound daunting, but the labor of love yields incredibly rewarding results. This dish not only warms the body but also the soul, bringing a taste of Vietnamese cuisine right to your dining table. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or new to the kitchen, the rich flavors and satisfying textures of brisket pho are sure to impress.

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