Pho is one of my favorite dishes. I like it because of the delicious combo of fresh herbs, rice noodles, and chicken bone broth. Pho is a popular Vietnamese dish. It is normally served with beef. That is called Pho Bo.  Chicken is the second most popular. It is called Pho Ga.

Normally you would need to go to a restaurant to enjoy a good bowl of pho.  However, it is not always convenient to make a trek to a pho restaurant here in Manila. So here is a recipe for easy pho ga that will show pho lovers to make it at home.


For the broth:

  • Whole chicken;
  • Cardamom, 1 seed;
  • Anistar, 4 stars;
  • Cloves, 1 teaspoon;
  • Ginger, 1 big root;
  • Lemongrass, 2 stalks;
  • Onion, 1;
  • Salt, 1 tablespoon;
  • Fish sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Brown sugar, 1 bar or 1 tablespoon

For the bowl:

  • Rice noodles;
  • Cilantro;
  • Green onions;
  • Bean sprouts;
  • Basil;
  • Hoisin sauce;
  • Chili sauce;
  • Lime;
  • Jalapeno pepper, optional


It will take you about an hour to prepare the broth.  Boil about 12 cups of water in a big pot.  Add all ingredients for the broth to the water when it boils.  Make sure to use a container for the anistar and cloves so that it will be easier to strain later.  Simmer for one hour with the lid on the pot.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the ingredients for the bowl. Chop and slice the herbs to put into the bowl.

After an hour, take the chicken out of the pot onto a cutting board. Give it about 15 minutes to cool down.  Separate the meat into small pieces.

Strain the broth of everything. The final broth should be free of any ingredients.

Bowl a pot of water.  Put the rice noodles inside the pot of water and cook for 30 seconds. Take the noodles out and put it into the bowl with the herbs.

Add the chicken pieces to the bowl. Squeeze some lime into the broth. Serve hot and enjoy!

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