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 pho bo (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, many years later and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories. I created a quick 15-minute low carb pho bo using the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. I LOVE THIS.

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Carbs 6.9g | Fat 15g | Protein 31g
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Easy Phở Bo (Keto)

Delicious, fragrant Vietnamese phở bo using konjac / shirataki noodles. An excellent, easy, fresh dish coming in at 6.9g carbs per hearty serving.
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people

Per serving

Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.9g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 15g


  • 400 g (14.1 oz) konjac noodles, noodle shape
  • 1 TB lard
  • 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 (26.5 oz) beef stock, (best-quality)
  • 1 thumb-size piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 40 g (1.4 oz) bean sprouts
  • 1 red chili, thinly sliced
  • generous handful mint leaves
  • generous handful coriander leaves


  • 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.
  • Heat the lard in a separate pan and once hot, sear both sides of the steaks until browned. Remove and set aside to rest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drain the warm noodles and divide between two bowls. Pour the broth into the bowls.
  • Slice the steaks thinly and add to the bowls. Top each bowl with bean sprouts, sliced chili, mint and coriander leaves.
  • Tuck in and ENJOY! (NOTE: 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.)

A new-and-improved version of this delicious recipe features in my cookbook KETO KITCHEN.

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Low carb Pho BoNutritional Information per serving
Calories                         285Kcal / 1192kJ
Fat                                 15g
Carbohydrates               6.9g
Protein                           31g

Celery (may be present in beef stock - check label)

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