Substituted noodles with beef flavor ramen and Sriracha with red curry paste. Delicious.
I made this recipe last night. Instead of regular beef broth, I substituted some Thai Ginger broth I recently discovered in the store, located right next to the other broths and also made by Swanson. I also then omitted the ginger and also the jalapenos (didn't want it too spicy). I also added cilantro as an additional garnish, as I've had Pho like that before. With those changes, this dish was DELICIOUS!!
As others have mentioned, it's very bland without the garnishes. With the garnishes, mine ended up way too hot (to be fair, I used sambal oelek instead of srirachi since that's what I had on hand). On the pro side, it was an ok way to get some bok choy in to our diet.
I made this for my family and they were disappointed, as was I. It was bland and the Chinese 5 spice added a sweetness that was out of place in a pho-type soup. The Sriracha and jalapeños didn't help and by the time we had finished, the noodles had soaked up the broth and it looked kind of gloppy. Not worth the trouble to tweak all the issues. Will try a true pho not a "faux" pho. ; - )
This soup was very bland. I was craving pho, and this recipe left me sorely disappointed. It really wasn't worth the work.
Maybe I used too many noodles (I thought I measure it correct...) but the noodles absorbed all the broth/water! It turned in to beef flavored spaghetti. Also, I don't care for spicy food so I didn't add jalapenos or Sriracha; it was so bland and disgusting. You have to add the spice factor. My husband suggested to cook the noodles separate next time and add them to the broth once served in a bowl (how restaurants do it...). He liked the flavors in his dish since he added the pepper and hot sauce, but we both didn't care for how the "soup" turned out.
Very Versatile Recipe.I Added Leeks And Carrots And Extra Sriacha And Basil. Will Make Again Soon!