Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Soup)…


After devouring phở for breakfast in Da Nang and Hoi An, Vietnam, it only seems fit to present to you my recipe for Pho Ga (phở gà), Vietnamese chicken soup.

This famous Vietnamese meal is deliciously light and intensely fragrant.

Phở, which is pronounced “Fuh” not “Fo” is usually eaten for breakfast in Vietnam and can be served with chicken (Ga) or with beef (Bo).

Inevitably by making your own chicken stock and adding those crucial fresh herbs, the broth’s flavors are immediately enhanced.




1 tbsp oil

3 shallots, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp grated ginger

6 cups chicken stock (I used homemade chicken stock)

2 whole star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 tbsp fish sauce

3 tbsp soy sauce


For Serving:

Shredded chicken (I used the leftover chicken from the stock, or alternatively you can cook 1 chicken breast fillet in the broth and then shred when cooked)

250g dried thin rice stick noodles

1 carrot shredded finely

2 celery stalks shredded finely

3 spring onions, sliced

2 large handfuls bean sprouts

Small handful dried black fungus, soaked in water and rehydrated to packet instructions and thinly sliced (optional)

Handful fresh coriander, roughly torn

Handful mint leaves, roughly torn

1 thinly sliced red chilli (optional)

lime to serve

Pho 1



In a large saucepan gently fry shallots and garlic in oil for a few minutes.

Pour in chicken stock, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, fish sauce and soy sauce.

Bring to the boil and then simmer on low heat for 20 mins so flavors can infuse. (If you are using a chicken breast fillet, now is the time to cook it in the broth)

As the broth is simmering, prepare the vegetables and cook the noodles according to packet instructions.

Remove cinnamon stick and star anise from the broth, and season to taste with more fish sauce if required.

To serve, place even amounts of noodles and shredded chicken into bowls. Ladle the hot broth over the chicken and noodles and then top with carrot, celery, mushrooms (optional), sprouts, spring onion, and a generous serving of herbs. Serve with a lime wedge to squeeze over, and chilli to taste.

Pho 3

Pho 5



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32 thoughts on “Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Soup)…

      1. Yes I do, Lorelle very similar to Thai Noodle soup but you would expect that wouldn’t you? I must get to Vietnam some time soon am off to Phuket tomorrow for a few days I am just hoping it is not raining too much I was hoping to catch a bit of a massage on the beach and have my favourite Khow Soi… 🙂 x

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      2. Yes it is and it does flood …we lived there for 5 years so know the pitfalls but catching up with some friends some girlie time so whatever the weather we will find a watering hole…lol

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