"I was once very lucky to film in Vietnam some years ago," recalls chef and telly presenter Phil Vickery. "On every street corner in Hanoi they serve Pho from very early in the morning up until lunchtime.

Fragrant turkey pho recipe

Fragrant turkey pho recipe

"I had a beef version but the base stock was always the same, packed with fresh basil and lots of chilli. Pho is a very satisfying meal and is very good for you."

Turkey pho recipe from Diabetes Meal Planner by Phil Vickery


(Serves 4)

½ × 10g reduced-salt chicken stock cube

10 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal

1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

1tsp fish sauce

2 small skinless turkey breast slices (approx. 250g), fat trimmed

200g cooked rice vermicelli

200g beansprouts

6tbsp roughly chopped fresh coriander

4tbsp roughly chopped Thai or any fresh basil

10 fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

Juice of 2 large limes

Freshly ground black pepper


1. Place one litre of water and the stock cube into a large saucepan and heat until just simmering.

2. Next add the onions, chilli, garlic, fish sauce and some pepper. Simmer for three minutes.

3. Cut the turkey into very thin slices and then add to the stock: it will cook almost straight away. Stir well.

4. Add the vermicelli noodles and beansprouts and bring back to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

5. Add the herbs to the Pho along with the juice from the lime and serve straight away.

Nutrition Tip: A leaner meat than chicken, turkey is a good source of B vitamins, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.

ENERGY 269kcals


FAT 1.2g




SALT 0.5g

SODIUM 196mg


Diabetes Meal Planner by Phil Vickery with Bea Harling BSc (Kyle Books/Kate Whitaker/PA)

Diabetes Meal Planner by Phil Vickery with Bea Harling BSc, photography by Kate Whitaker, is published by Kyle Books and supported by Diabetes UK, priced GBP 22. Available now.