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Shiitake Noodle Pho

Shirataki Noodle Pho (Keto, Paleo, GFDF)

There's nothing quite as satisfying as a really good bowl of pho. That broth! So I decided to make a low-carb version with shiitake noodles. They hold up great and make for a great bowl of pho.
Course Mains
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 Pot of Soup
Calories 711kcal



  • 1 Large White Onion Peeled and Halved
  • 3-inch Piece Fresh Ginger Halved Lengthwise
  • 5 Star Anise
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 3 3-inch Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Coriander Seeds
  • 8 Cups Bone Broth or Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweetener
  • 2 Teaspoons Fish Sauce
  • Fine Sea Salt to Taste


  • 8 Ounces protein very thinly sliced (steak, chicken, pork, or shrimp)
  • 7 Ounces uncooked shirataki noodles

Your Garnish of Choice:

  • Fresh herbs cilantro, mint, and/or Thai basil
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • Thinly-sliced chiles Thai bird chiles or jalapeños
  • Thinly-sliced onions green onions or white onions
  • Sauces hoisin and/or sriracha
  • Thinly-sliced veggies carrot, cabbage, etc..


  • Char the onions and ginger under the broiler for about 7-10 minutes, until the tops of the onion and ginger are slightly charred.  Remove and set aside.
  • Heat the anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander to a large stockpot over medium-high heat until fragrant (about 3 minutes). 
  • Add in the charred onion, ginger, and bone broth. Continue cooking until the broth reaches a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue to simmer for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Strain the onions, ginger, and spices.  Stir in the fish sauce and sweetener and season to taste with salt.
  • Rinse the shirataki noodles.
  • Assemble and serve!


For low-iron choose a non-red meat protein.
For vegetarian substitute a vegetarian protein.
Nutrition is calculated with chicken.


Calories: 711kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 123g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1935mg | Potassium: 1413mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 6mg