Pho is one of the most popular Vietnamese and Lao soup! I love pho and have tried many ways to make an easy, healthier and low carb version of this. I start by boiling the Tofu Shirataki noodles instead of the traditional pho noodles. For one package of this noodle there’s only 3 carbs and 10 calories and most important of all: no sugar! After boiling the noodles for 3 minutes, I drain it and set it aside. Then I boil two cups of water with one cube of the pho cube until the cube melts. While that is going on I cut up the meat and veggies. Then I throw the meat into the the boiling broth for one minute and then remove from heat to add the cooked noodles. After that I transfer the broth, noodles and meat into a bowl, through my veggies in, put some fried garlic and sriracha sauce in. And that’s my easy and fast pho! Just a note, you can put bean sprouts and fresh thai peppers but I didn’t have any on hand!
You only have to cook the Shirati noodles for like 3 minutes! Don’t be put off by the weird smell when you first opened it.
Traditional pho noodles are high in carbs with 46grams of carbs just for 1/4 cup noodles and 210 calories! Also you have to soak these noodles for about 30 minutes before you cook it in hot water for another 3-4 minutes.
When I have time I would make my own broth using beef ribs or beef tail bones but since I didn’t have the time or energy to do the traditional broth that can take up to 1-8 hours to make. Traditionally when we make the broth we let it simmer for hours so it can taste better. I have to admit this pho cube I found at the Vmart is not bad. It has the pho taste.
I used only one cube with 2 cups of water and it was tasty.
This broth does not look look but it’s still tasty!
Basil, cilantro, lemon, jalepenos and beef. I just use one “bar” of beef which is about 3oz.
Steakhouse Choice Beef Country Style Chuck Tender. I used only one strip or bar so my soup is not so high in calorie.
Add sriracha, sauce and fried garlic to taste. You really do not need to add any more seasoning sauce because the broth is tasty.
Threw everything in the bowl and enjoy!
I like my meat medium well on the verge of medium rare!