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Is Pho gluten free?

Is Pho gluten free?


Is Pho gluten free? – Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup with restorative properties – it is one of them soups that is fantastic for colds, hangovers or just to warm you up.

While pho should be a naturally gluten free, sadly it is often not, especially when you get your Pho from supermarkets food courts or alike. Often the broth is made with a soup base which contains gluten thickeners. You can of course make your own soup broth from scratch but all that work is sort of counter intuitive when you are in need of a soup with restorative powers.

Mumma’s Gluten free Pho recipe

  • 1 Litre gluten free chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 4 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves (not ground but whole)
  • 2 inch slice fresh ginger
  • 2-4 thai chile peppers
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 inch piece fresh lemongrass
  • 4-5 fresh lime leaves**
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 package sweet potato starch noodles** (can use rice vermicelli noodles instead)

Soup Garnishes:

  • spiralized or shredded carrots
  • chopped green onions
  • bean sprouts
  • thai basil**
  • slices of jalapeño


  1. Place broth, water, shallot, garlic, star anise, cloves, ginger, chile peppers, cinnamon stick, lemongrass and lime leaves in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low heat, covered for 4-5 hours.
  3. Remove the star anise, cloves, lemongrass, lime leaves, chile peppers, ginger and cinnamon stick from broth.
  4. Add the fish sauce and turn heat to warm until you have the rest of the soup ingredients ready.
  5. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  6. Drain and set aside.
  7. Prepare the soup garnishes in small bowls for people to choose from.
  8. To serve soup, fill bowls halfway with cooked rice noodles.
  9. Top with hot broth and then sliced cooked chicken.
  10. Top with optional soup garnishes.

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