Pressure Cooker Authentic Pho Noodles

Pressure Cooker Authentic Pho Noodles

Servings: 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1.5 hours


  • Beef bones: 1 lb (approximately 3 pieces). If you want a more “oily/thicker” broth, add up to 3 pounds. Can combine with beef shank. If you want a chicken pho, just switch out anything beef for chicken. Oxtail will have a stronger odour so beef bones are preferred
  • Water: 10 cups
  • Ginger: 2 inches or 1 tsp of powder ginger
  • Yellow or White Onion: 1 medium or large, sliced
  • Fish sauce: 1/4 cup. No, this is not an error! It looks like a lot and no, it won’t be salty. Think 10 cups of water!
  • Yellow rock sugar: 1.5 TBSP. Or 1 TBSP of regular granulated sugar
  • Star anise: 3
  • Cloves: 3
  • Cardamom: 3
  • Cinnamon stick/bark: 1 or half a tsp of powder
  • Fennel seed: 3/4 tsp
  • Coriander seed: 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaves: 3
  • Garlic cloves: optional. One whole garlic or else, depending on preference 
  • Salt: 1 tbsp
  • Green onion: the white stems. Use the green part for garnish and cook the white part
  • Vermicelli Rice Noodles per serving: 50g (small), 75g (medium), 100g (large), 150g (extra large)

Filling (Choose what you want to eat or have available)

  • Optional: poached egg
  • Thinly sliced beef shank
  • Beef tripe
  • Beef tendon
  • Beef meatballs (at Asian’s Grocery store)
  • Roasted beef ham
  • Hot pot thin slices of rolled beef


  • Cilantro
  • Thinly slicked onion
  • Ground black pepper
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime
  • Green onion in thin slices
  • Thai Basil

Preparing the broth

  1. Boil your meat and bone for about 5 minutes to remove unwanted gunk (the white stuff floating ontop)
  2. Put all bones, meat and seasoning and water into the pressure cooker. I chose to build pressure for 1 hour which takes about 1.5 hour to cook. You can cook this for 1hr or up to 1.5 or 2 if you have beef tendons. 1 h was sufficient for oxtail bone

Preparing the noodles

  1. When the pressure cooker shows there’s only 15-20 minutes left, grab a large pot and bring it to a boil for the noodles. Cook according to your package’s instructions which is usually about 8 minutes for the noodles to be al dente


  1. When noodles are ready, drain and divide into desired servings. Place filling and garnish ingredients around bowl. Pour hot broth overtop. Enjoy!

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