Quick-and-Easy Low-carb Phở Bo

Low carb Pho Bo
Low carb Pho Bo

Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having phở (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, almost 10 years later, and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories so I created a quick 15-minute phở which may not be like granny’s authentic bowl of phở on the Hanoi street corner, but its damn close! I used the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. You will love it! Let me know how you get on..

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Carbs 6.9g
(9.7%); Fat 15g (46.6%); Protein 31g (43.7%)
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Easy Phở Bo
Delicious, fragrant Vietnamese phở bo using konjac / shirataki noodles. An excellent, easy, fresh dish coming in at 6.9g carbs per hearty serving.
Low carb Pho Bo
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Course Main Dish, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 400 g konjac noodles (2 portions) noodle shape
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 2 rump steaks (approx. 130g / 4.6oz) each
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 750 g homemade beef stock or best-quality store-bought
  • 1 thumb-size piece fresh ginger peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 40 g bean sprouts
  • 1 red chili thinly sliced
  • generous handful mint leaves
  • generous handful coriander leaves
Course Main Dish, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 400 g konjac noodles (2 portions) noodle shape
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 2 rump steaks (approx. 130g / 4.6oz) each
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 750 g homemade beef stock or best-quality store-bought
  • 1 thumb-size piece fresh ginger peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 40 g bean sprouts
  • 1 red chili thinly sliced
  • generous handful mint leaves
  • generous handful coriander leaves
Low carb Pho Bo
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Instructions
  1. Remove the konjac noodles from the packaging and rinse very well under cold, running water. Do not be alarmed by the strange smell – just keep rinsing. And when you think you have rinsed it enough - rinse some more! Place the noodles into a pan of simmering water over low heat while you make the pho.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a separate pan and once hot, sear both sides of the steaks until browned. Remove and set aside to rest.
  3. Using a non-stick, deep-based pan, toast the star anise, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cloves and coriander seeds until fragrant. Pour in the beef stock and add the sliced ginger. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the stock to infuse for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the fragrant broth (discarding all the whole spices and ginger) into a clean pan and place on a low heat. Stir in the fish sauce and lime juice.
  5. Drain the warm noodles and divide between two bowls. Pour the broth into the bowls.
  6. Slice the steaks thinly and add to the bowls. Top each bowl with bean sprouts, sliced chili, mint and coriander leaves.
  7. Tuck in and ENJOY!
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Recipe Notes

The hot broth will ever-so-slightly partially cook the steak strips. If the idea of eating uncooked meat like this doesn’t sit well with you, simply fry the steaks until done to your liking and slice after at least 10 minutes of resting before adding to the broth.

Low carb Pho Bo

Macro Details per serving
9.7%      Carbs
43.7%    Protein
46.6%    Fat

Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         285Kcal / 1192kJ
Fat                                  15g
of which saturates       6.1g
Carbohydrates             6.9g (for my US readers, these are what you refer to as net carbs. See below*)
of which sugars           2.9g
Fibre                               8.7g
Protein                           31g

*Note for US readers: The recipes on this site show the carbohydrates which should be counted on keto (in this case: it's 6.9g). Here in the UK, our nutritional breakdown information displays a carbohydrate count that has already had the dietary fibre subtracted (and displayed separately) - and it’s indicated this way throughout the site. In short, you need not subtract anything further.

Allergens
Fish
Celery (present in homemade and store-bought beef stock)

Low carb Pho Bo

The nutritional analysis, macro and allergen breakdown of the recipes on this site are done using the cloud-based software NUTRITICS®. NUTRITICS® is fully approved by the relevant Trading Standards organizations and is EU and FDA-compliant. The author, Monya Kilian Palmer is trained in using this superior software in order to provide you accurate data.

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