Vietnamese Pho

Nutrition Unpacked

How can Vietnamese Pho help me with my health needs?

Ingredients in Vietnamese Pho can vary dramatically based on regional and personal preferences.  Try our recommended variation to maximize intake of Vitamin D, Sulforaphane and other anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Sulforaphane is a compound within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. It is obtained from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, bok choy and cabbages.  In these foods, it’s in the inactive form glucoraphanin that belongs to the glucosinolate family of plant compounds.

As in the video shown below, these compounds have the proven ability to modulate cancer cell growth in top medical journals.




1 Baby Bok Choy

3-5 Shitake or Royal Trumpet or Blue Oyster Mushrooms

1 Sliced Carrots

1 Bell peppers
1 Red Onion
1 Jalapeno peppers
3 Clove Garlic Minced

1  lemon or lime

2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil


3 Cloves Garlic Sliced
3 Tablespoons Ginger
1-2 onions (red or white)
2 quarts distilled water
 Traditional Rice Noodles (may be thin or medium based on your preference)
Noodles will be cooked seperately to avoid over cooking and a fresh al dente texture.
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Finishing Soy Sauce
Optional Spices (Just depends on your preference):
Star Anise
Whole Cloves
Cinnamon Sticks
Cardamom Pods
Coriander Seeds
Toppings to finish:
Fresh Herbs such as basil (, cilantro, mint, dill or more
1 package Bean Sprouts
Lime wedge to flavor broth and garnish
Jalapeno or Serrano for optional kick



The broth


Step 1

Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger and optional spices in a large stock pot for 3-5 minutes to caramelize.

Add the distilled water.

Then cover and let everything simmer together for at least 30 minutes so that all of those flavors can meld.

Some strain the broth, but we leave the broth flavorings in for fiber enhancement.


The Veggies

Step 2

Sauté remaining vegetables with olive oil or water while the broth is simmering.


The Noodles

Step 3

Meanwhile, as the broth is simmering, cook the noodles al dente according to the package instructions. Drain in a strainer, then toss briefly with cold water to prevent the noodles from continuing to cook, and set aside. (I also recommend tossing the noodles with a drizzle of oil — such as sesame oil — to prevent them from sticking.)



Once everything is ready to go, add a handful of noodles to each individual serving bowl. Then ladle the simmering hot broth (with veggies) into the serving bowls. Top with lots and lots of garnishes.

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