Over the weekend, Elletourage experimented in the kitchen with a cozy fall recipe sure to comfort on those chilly days! Vietnamese noodle soup, otherwise known as “Pho” (which is actually pronounced “fa”) is a simple and inexpensive recipe that also reminded us of the therapeutic powers of cooking. This fragrant, Asian themed soup is a nourishing comfort food and a refreshing spin on classic chicken noodle soup.

This dish is on the salty and savoury side, so be sure to taste the broth as you go. If you end up with a more salty result than you expected, adding brown sugar will balance out the flavours.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

LWTL Homemade Vietnamese Noodle Soup:


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1tbsp sesame oil
1tbsp coconut oil
Dash of salt
6-8 cups chicken broth (Depending how much broth you like. We added 8. You can also use vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian)
1 jalapeño, sliced
3 green onions, sliced
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 baby bok choy, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup pea shoots
About half a package of Chinese rice noodles
Bean sprouts, cilantro and lime for garnish
Sriracha sauce for serving (we also added a tbsp into the broth because we like it spicy!)


Start with sautéing the garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper in a soup pot with sesame oil and coconut oil. Once fragrant, add the baby bok choy, jalapeño, green onions, brown sugar and a dash of salt. Sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Next, add the chicken stock, cover and bring to a light boil.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package directions in boiling, salted water. Strain and rinse with cold water to avoid sticking together. Set aside.

After about 20 minutes, add the mushrooms, pea shoots, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and hot sauce if using. Next, add the noodles to the pot and let simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve with bean sprouts, cilantro and lime.

This recipe served 5 generous portions and would freeze beautifully. Happy cooking, ladies!