People keep talking about Pho being amazing, so I thought I’d give it a try. I went to a couple of restaurants around my house, but I couldn’t find any that were halal, so I decided to make my own at home. I have to admit, I can taste the hype living up to it’s rep! This stuff is absolutely incredible! I’ve never tasted Pho before, so I don’t know if this is what it tastes like, but, my family and I loved the results!

To make this, I checked out a bunch of different recipes online, found their similarities, and then customized it to fit my own taste. So, when you make this, you can adjust it, subtract from it and add from it whatever you’d like.

Cooking is somewhat of a stress-relief for me, and I always find that I need to do at least ONE thing every week in order to de-stress, otherwise I get pulled into this downward spiral of overwhelming thoughts and emotions. So, insha Allah, whenever I get the desire to cook something new or interesting, I’ll post it on here 🙂

Salmon Pho (2 servings)



1 cup diced white onion
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
3 whole cloves
1 bunch fresh cilantro (stems only – save the leaves for later)


6 oz fresh salmon filet, thinly sliced (1/4-1/2 inch thick)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground coriander


1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tbsp Sriracha Hot Sauce
Leaves from bunch of cilantro


100 g uncooked rice-stick noodles (rice vermicelli)


  1. In a large pot, sauté onion, ginger and garlic in vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add water, broth, fish sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, soy sauce, cloves, and cilantro stems.
  3. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer broth for 20-30 minutes.
  4. As the brother boils, begin preparing the salmon and the noodles.
    • slice the salmon
    • sprinkle the slices with 1 tsp sugar, coriander, and ground black pepper
    • prepare the noodles according to the directions on the package – I boiled mine with a pinch of salt
  5. After the broth has simmered for 20-30 minutes, strain out the solids in the broth, so that you’re left with only the liquid.
  6. Put the broth back on the stove, and add the toppings (shredded carrots, green onions, Sriracha hot sauce, cilantro leaves to the broth.
  7. Bring the broth to a boil.
  8. As the broth boils, prepare two deep bowls. Place half of the salmon and half of the noodles into each bowl.
  9. Ladle the boiling soup/broth into each bowl, basically drowning the salmon and noodles. The boiling hot broth will cook the salmon 😀
  10. If you’d like to add more kick, you can experiment with more Sriracha and lemon juice.
  11. And that’s it! Grab some chopsticks (forks if you need to) and a soup spoon, and enjoy!

Remember, I’ve never had Pho before, so I have no idea if this is what it’s supposed to taste like. But, it was DELICIOUS!

Try it out, and let me know what you guys think! 😀