Quick & Easy Meatball Pho

Quick and Easy Pork Meatball Pho

Easy Meatball Pho

The pho recipe from this week’s menu was so good, I just have to share it with everyone.

Man, I love pho…if God made anything better than this, He kept it for Himself…

-Chef Perry

Pork Meatball Pho

Pho (fuhh) is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà). 

A popular street and night food, pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam.

With the Vietnam war and the victory of the North Vietnamese, phở was brought to many countries by Vietnamese refugees fleeing Vietnam from the 1970s onwards. Pho is listed at number 28 on “World’s 50 most delicious foods” compiled by CNN Go in 2011.

This is one of my favorite dishes in the world, and it’s really good for you!


Yield: 2 servings        Active Time: 5 min.   Total Time: 28 min.

Pork Meatballs

  • 3/4 lb. ground pork
  • 3 sprigs Thai basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. each: sea salt & black pepper


  • 10 sprigs cilantro
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 whole star anise pods
  • 1/2 med. yellow onion
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. Thai fish sauce
  • 4 oz. rice noodles

Pho “Salad”

  • 1 cup bean sprouts (mung beans)
  • 4 sprigs Thai basil
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 lime

Mise en Place

Finely chop Thai basil. Mince garlic. Chop cilantro. Thinly slice yellow and green onions. Quarter lime.


Add beef broth, ginger and yellow onion to a large pot. Add fish sauce, star anise, and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer.

Meanwhile, combine the ground pork, Thai basil, garlic and salt & black pepper. Roll the meat mixture into 1 inch balls and set aside.

When the soup comes to a low simmer, drop the meatballs into the simmering soup. Simmer the meatballs gently (without boiling) for about 20 minutes. For a traditional presentation, remove the meatballs from the broth, allow to cook, slice, and return to broth. This step is optional.

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Place your rice noodles into a bowl and add boiling water. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on how thick your noodles are). Test for doneness.

Drain and rinse with cold water when done. Set aside.

Add some noodles to a bowl. Spoon the meatballs and broth over the noodles. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve hot and top soup with Pho Salad just before eating.

Optional toppings: jalapeno, sriracha hot pepper sauce, & hoisin sauce.