Beef and shrimp pho soup - Le Coup de Grâce

Beef and shrimp pho soup

Preparation :1h Cooking :3h40 min
Difficulty :easy
Servings :4 to 6

Here we are talking about a real pho soup that takes time to prepare. For a pronounced and authentic taste, take your time! Personally, I LOVE when my soup is filled with fresh vegetables. There is never enough in my opinion! Imagine with beef and shrimp? Hard to beat. It is very important to cook the noodles perfectly and rinse them well afterwards. Otherwise, the remaining starch will go into the soup and change the taste of your broth. As you know, it is impossible to create a soup of this kind. This recipe is an adaptation from the book “The Pho Cookbook” by Andrea Nguyen at Ten Speed Press editions.


  • 1 large yellow onion, unpeeled
  • 2 large shallots, unpeeled
  • 1 large piece of fresh ginger about 10-12 cm long, unpeeled
  • 10 beef soup bones (6 lb)
  • Olive oil
  • Cold water
  • 7 star anise
  • 6 cloves
  • One 3″ cinnamon stick
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce + 3 tablespoons for the shrimp
  • 340g shrimp, size 31-40
  • 400g flat rice noodles
  • 300g fondue beef
  • 3 small Nantes carrots, cut in short julienne
  • 2 cups broccoli cut into small florets, lightly blanched
  • 2 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Fresh coriander and / or Thai basil
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly


  • Grill the onion, shallots and ginger directly on the flame until you get a nice grilled and burnt color all around. The onion and shallots will lose a few layers of skin and it’s normal. Continue cooking until lightly soft and caramelized. Peel the onion and shallots but keep the ginger peel. Cut in large pieces and set aside. (You can also cook at GRILL in your oven.)
  • In a large saucepan (about 25 cups) heated over medium high heat, add a dash of olive oil followed by the soup bones. Cook the bones on all sides for about 12 minutes while stirring. Season with salt and pepper generously.
  • Add enough water to cover the bones and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring and remove impurities on the top. Pour in a large strainer and rinse well under cold water. Rinse the saucepan and put the bones back in.
  • Add 20 cups water, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt and grilled vegetables then stir. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to low heat (to obtain a low simmer) and let simmer for 3 hours, half-covered, stirring occasionally. Remove impurities and fat regularly. Close the heat and let the stock stand for 30 minutes. Remove the fat on the top.
  • Place the shrimp in a bowl and add 3 tablespoons fish sauce. Toss and reserve in the fridge for 30 minutes, while the broth rests.
  • Pour the broth several times into a fine filter to obtain a clear broth and return to the saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of fish sauce and mix. Taste and rectify salt if necessary. Keep the broth very hot.
  • In a saucepan filled with boiling salted water, cook the noodles according to the directions on the package. Pour into a colander, rinse thoroughly under cold water and drain well. Set aside.
  • In a skillet heated over high heat, add a thin stream of olive oil followed by shrimps. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until pink and grilled. Set aside.
  • Spread noodles in bowls followed by raw beef and shrimps. Divide the carrots and broccoli and cover with hot broth. Garnish with a ton of bean sprouts and add tomato cubes. Decorate with coriander and green onions. The recipe gives about 8 cups of liquid so you can serve 4 large soups or 6 small ones!
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+- 20$Quails' Gate Gewurztraminer 2015

At the entrance to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, near the town of Kelowna, is the beautiful Quails Gate Vineyard. It offers a superb Gewurtraminer, ideal for this pho soup. Expressive at will, we like its semi-dry side for the texture of the soup and the maple syrup, we love its accents of spices such as anise in harmony with the spice bouquet of the recipe. You will gloat with pleasure!

Bam Bam Bigelow, Ras l'Bock, 6%

IPA generously hopped and embellished with ginger, the Bam Bam Bigelow will bring you frank notes of citrus and ginger. The Belgian yeast used will accentuate the spicy notes of ginger to resonate with the ginger of the recipe. The orange and tangerine aromas of the beer will combine with cinnamon, anise and clove of the dish, to bring a fruity touch of the most pleasant.

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