Reserve Your Valentine’s Day Restaurant Today
About Me
Reserve Your Valentine’s Day Restaurant Today

My amazing husband and I have been married for 10 years. Each year on Valentine’s Day, my spouse treats me to dinner at a wonderful restaurant. The only problem with this annual plan is crowd control. Many other local couples always have the same idea on this most romantic day of the year that we have. If you can relate to this scenario, why not reserve your Valentine’s Day restaurant now? Many eateries take reservations for this special occasion early. Therefore, when you arrive at your destination, you can be seated and served your delicious food quickly. On this blog, you will learn the many benefits of making reservations at your favorite restaurant for Valentine’s Day.


Reserve Your Valentine’s Day Restaurant Today

How To Make Restaurant-Style Beef Pho From Scratch

Nora Harper

Rich broth, tender beef, and flavorful noodles – who can resist pho? It takes some time and patience, but you can make restaurant-quality beef pho at home. Visit an Asian grocery store for the less common ingredients in this recipe, and make sure you set aside 6 hours so you have time for the broth to simmer. Homemade broth really is the secret to great pho, so don't cheat and substitute canned broth!


  • 3 pounds beef soup bones
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced roughly
  • 1 1-inch section of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1 pod of fresh star anise
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 8 ounces dried rice noodles
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pound beef sirloin, sliced thinly
  • 1 ½ cups bean spouts
  • 2 tablespoons Thai basil
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup Sriracha
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce (sometimes sold as Asian barbecue sauce)


Place the soup bones and onion on a large baking sheet, and drizzle them with the vegetable oil. Place them in a 452 degree F oven, and roast for about an hour or until they are nicely browned.

Transfer the browned beef bones and onion to a large pot, and add the water, star anise, ginger, soy sauce, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and simmer on low for at least 4 hours. Six or 8 hours is even better if you have the time.

While the broth is finishing simmering, place the rice noodles in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for an hour, and then strain.

Strain the beef bones and other ingredients out of the stock. Pour the stock back into a saucepan, and keep it hot on the stove.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add the rice noodles. Boil them for 1 minute, and then remove them from the water.

Prepare the bowls of pho by first dividing the noodles between the bowls. Then, divide the sirloin, green onion, cilantro, and bean sprouts between the bowls. Ladle hot (boiling) broth over them, and stir until the beef is no longer pink. Top with basil, Sriracha and hoisin sauce to taste.

One bite, and you'll fall in love with this flavorful pho – even though it does take some time to make. For similar dishes, visit restaurants like A Taste Of Saigon.