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Phở Gà - Chicken Noodle Soup

“Pho (pronounced ‘fir’) is the quintessential Vietnamese dish, traditionally made with beef broth but there are many variations too. Here, I have a recipe for Pho Ga or Chicken Noodle Soup. This delicious herby soup takes a while to make, but, with very little effort though. Try this easy soup noodle recipe and serve with a plate of fresh herbs, chopped chili, and slices of lime on the side.

*This is an updated post with a video cooking guide. (Previously posted on 06/01/12)

Phở Gà - Chicken Noodle Soup


2 Recipes of Homemade Thick Rice Noodles, or 300 g Flat-Rice Noodles (cooked as per manufacturer’s instructions)
2 Pieces Skinless and Bone-In Chicken Breasts, blanched
Bean Sprouts, lightly blanched
1 Large White or Yellow Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Asian/Thai Basil
Fresh Coriander Leaves
Red or Thai Chilies, sliced
Chopped Scallions
Some Kaffir Lime Leaf, finely sliced
Lime Wedges

Soup Base
800 grams Chicken Carcass or Legs, blanched
8 to 10 Cups Water
1 Yellow Onion, charred
1 Piece Ginger (about 2 ½ inches), halved, charred
1 Small Daikon, optional
2 Star Anise, toasted
1 to 2 Whole Cloves, toasted
1 Pc Cassia Bark, toasted
1 Tbsp White Peppercorns, toasted
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce, to taste
1 Tbsp Cane or Rock Sugar, to taste
Sea Salt, to taste


Make the soup base; Combine the chicken bones and legs, onion, ginger, daikon (if using), star anise, cloves, Cassia bark, and peppercorns, in a large stockpot. Bring the stock to a boil, lower the heat, skimming frequently, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Then add chicken breast, simmer until fully cooked (about 20 minutes). Remove the chicken and set aside to cool down before shredding it by hand or chop it into bite-size pieces.

Strain the stock into another pot and mix in the fish sauce, cane or rock sugar, cover with a lid and keep on gentle simmer over low heat.

To serve; divide the cooked rice noodles among 4 bowls. Top each with the broth, chicken meat, herbs, bean sprouts, onion, scallions, chilies, lime wedges, and some fish sauce, if desired.

Serves 4


  1. What a beautiful presentation. Sounds delicious and healthy.

  2. I agree with Suzi - a beautiful presentation! Haven't visited in ages. Hoping you are well.

  3. wow..sounds healthy n tasty ur presentation...i love most of recipes..esccepially malaysian one....glad to follow u!

  4. What a great soup! Pho is one of our favourite dishes to get when eating out. I've tried making it at home once... and I'll have to try at least once more to make this recipe! The chicken variation of this recipe sounds delicious!

    (Also, I'm surprised to see that it is pronounced as "fir," I was told to pronounce is as "fa," a dialect issue maybe?)

  5. @Amber @ The Cook's Sister: The spelling might be different, I guess it depends how you pronounce it.


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