Fusion Pho Meatball Soup

This is your basic meatball and noodle recipe, well Asian anyway. It’s got all the flavors including the Asian trinity, ginger, garlic and scallion.

Of course, you can add anything you would like to make it more nutritious, such as bok choy, spinach, celery, broccoli, mushrooms, peas or pea pods, carrots, anything you love in soup! Use this as a blank canvas to make your imagination soar! Let me know what you conjure up please!

Pho Meatball Soup

Fusion Pho Meatball Soup

Make a batch of Spicy Korean Meatballs, see below for recipe. Bake as directed. Or make a batch of traditional meatballs, see below. The broth isn't traditional Pho broth as that needs to be simmered for days, but it's quick and satisfying.
Course Lunch, Main Dish, Street Food, World Recipes
Cuisine Fusion, Korean, Vietnamese
Servings 4


Traditional Asian Meatballs

  • 1 batch Spicy Korean Meatballs see below for recipe
  • 1 lb 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 tbsp hot chili sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger or grated fresh ginger, 1 tbsp
  • 1 Chopped green onion

Make Broth and Noodles

  • 2 qt chicken or beef stock
  • 1 package Rice Noodles
  • 1 Star Anise pod
  • 1 inch Knob of ginger, sliced
  • 1 Cloves garlic, peeled, cut in half
  • 1 medium Onion, quartered, peeled
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp each, Soy sauce and Fish sauce

Soup garnishes

  • Bean sprouts
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced jalapeno pepper
  • Fresh lime wedges
  • hoison sauce
  • sliced red onion
  • thai basil leaves or fresh mint leaves


Make Broth

  • Saute Star Anise, onion, garlic and ginger in 1 tbsp oil until deep brown in color, burnt is actually okay.If you're not in a hurry, roast the vege's and spices at 400F for about 30 minutes or until charred, then add to stock. Add in 2 qts. chicken or beef stock, either homemade or store bought. Make sure it's low sodium. Add sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce and simmer for 30 minutes covered. Strain and return to pot. Taste for seasoning. Add more soy or fish sauce if not salty enough. While broth is cooking, prepare noodles. Follow package directions. Drain and set aside.

Make Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. If you are making Korean Spicy Meatballs see below for the recipe. If you are using the traditional meatball recipe, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, cilantro, chili sauce, garlic powder and ginger in large bowl until well blended. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs in single layer on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. Drain fat, if needed. Set aside, cover to keep warm.


  • Place noodles in bottom of deep individual bowls, add in cooked meatballs on top. Cover with hot broth and serve with garnishes. Allow each person to add what ever garnishes they like! Slurp and enjoy!


Go here for my Spicy Korean Burgers and Meatballs recipe!
If you want a more traditional broth, you can roast soup bones with the vege's and spices and make your own broth from scratch. This is good for a weekend prep.
Keyword Spicy

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