I recently had the chance to experience Pho for the first time in a Vietnamese restaurant in Halifax. I really liked it, but there was something very familiar about the taste, which is why I decided to try to recreate it when I got home. This is the result. Not quite authentic, but very easy to throw together.
2 packages beef flavour ramen noodles
4 cups water
few drops sesame oil (optional—don’t use if someone has a nut allergy)
150 gm (1/2 package) thin-sliced beef for Chinese fondue, thawed, and cut into strips*
4 green onions, chopped
fresh cilantro for garnish
In a large pot, put the water and the seasoning mix from the ramen noodles on to boil. Add a few drops of sesame oil if you like the taste. Once the water reaches boiling point, add the beef a few strips at a time, then the onions, then the ramen noodles. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Pour into bowls, garnish with cilantro, and serve.
*In my neck of the woods, you can find this in the freezer section, but if it’s not available in your area, just substitute sliced roast beef from the deli counter.