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pho ap chao recipe

Pho Ap Chao Recipe

Pho Ap Chao is an incredibly tasty and flavorful dish that originated in Vietnam. It’s a simple yet delicious stir-fried noodle dish that combines thinly sliced beef, vegetables, noodles and various Asian sauces. The combination of flavors creates an amazing depth of flavor, making it the perfect meal for lunch or dinner.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 353kcal


  • 1 large wok
  • 1 Spatula


  • 1/2 piece of carrot thinly sliced, contributing a crisp and slightly sweet element to the dish, adding color and texture.
  • 1 teaspoon of pure sesame oil adding a rich and nutty flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste profile and providing a delightful aroma.
  • 0.25 pound of thinly sliced beef adding a savory and tender element to the dish, providing a rich and meaty flavor.
  • 0.75 pound of pho noodles or fresh rice noodles forming the base of the dish, creating a satisfying and chewy texture that absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic infusing the dish with a pungent and aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile.
  • 1/2 piece of onion chopped, adding a sweet and mild onion flavor to the dish, providing a delightful texture and depth of taste.
  • 2.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil serving as the cooking medium for the dish, providing a neutral flavor and ensuring the ingredients don't stick to the pan.
  • 4 ounces of bean sprouts adding a refreshing and crunchy texture to the dish, providing a light and crisp element that complements the other ingredients.
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar balancing the flavors of the dish, adding a touch of sweetness to complement the savory and umami notes.
  • 2 tablespoons of premium oyster sauce creating a savory and umami-rich flavor in the dish, enhancing the overall taste profile and adding depth.
  • 1.5 tablespoons of soy sauce adding a savory and salty flavor to the dish, enhancing the umami notes and providing a tangy undertone.


  • Before you start cooking, make sure to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go. Slice the beef thinly, mince the garlic cloves, chop the onion, slice the carrots into thin slices and cook the noodles with package instructions and set them aside.
  • Heat up 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large wok or pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic, onion and stir-fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the beef slices to the wok and cook for 2 minutes until it is partially cooked. Then add the carrots, bean sprouts and cooked noodles.
  • Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar to the wok and stir-fry for 3 minutes until everything is combined and heated through.
  • Finally, add the pure sesame oil to the wok and mix everything together. Cook for another minute or two until all of the ingredients are cooked through.
  • Serve the Pho Ap Chao immediately while it is hot. You can garnish with freshly chopped green onion or cilantro if desired.


  • Make sure to slice the beef thinly for quicker cooking time.
  • If you don’t have pho noodles, you can use fresh rice noodles.
  • You can adjust the amount of soy sauce and sugar to your preference.
  • If you like it spicier, add some chili flakes or hot sauce.
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