Vietnamese Water Buffalo Pho

Pho is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup that has gained international recognition for its delicious flavors and comforting qualities. Traditionally enjoyed as a breakfast or lunch dish in Vietnam, it's now consumed at any time of the day and is considered one of Vietnam's national dishes.

Four components go into making this hearty and aromatic Vietnamese soup-- a silky broth, chewy rice noodles, tender meat, and a variety of garnishes and condiments. Here's how to enjoy this traditional Vietnamese soup with a healthier, water buffalo twist:

Pho rice noodles (available in international food aisle at most grocery stores)
Pre-made water buffalo bone broth
Water buffalo meat (sliced or shredded)
Bean sprouts
Fresh herbs (such as Thai basil, cilantro, and mint)
Lime wedges
Sliced chili peppers (optional)
Hoisin sauce and sriracha (optional)
Sliced onions and green onions (optional)
Fish sauce (optional)

  1. Cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a pot, heat the pre-made water buffalo bone broth over medium heat until heated through. You can adjust the amount of broth based on your desired serving size.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare your toppings and garnishes. Rinse the bean sprouts, chop the fresh herbs, and slice the lime wedges. Set aside the optional toppings like sliced chili peppers, hoisin sauce, sriracha, sliced onions, green onions, and fish sauce.
  4. When the broth is hot, add the water buffalo meat to the pot and cook until the meat is cooked through and tender.
  5. To assemble the pho bowls, divide the cooked rice noodles among serving bowls. Top with the cooked water buffalo meat.
  6. Pour the hot water buffalo bone broth over the noodles and meat, ensuring they are fully submerged.
  7. Serve the pho bowls with a plate of bean sprouts, fresh herbs, lime wedges, and other optional toppings and condiments. Each diner can customize their bowl according to their taste preferences.
Enjoy the Water Buffalo Pho while it's hot, savoring the rich flavors and fragrant aromas.

While this recipe uses our pre-made bone broth, we do have marrow bones available to make your own soup base from scratch!
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