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Star Anise Beef-Rice Noodle Soup

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 2 (1-in) chunks fresh ginger
  • 3 Shallots; unpeeled
  • 1 Onion; unpeeled
  • 2 1/2 qt Water
  • 1 1/2 lb Oxtails
  • - chopped into sections
  • 1 lb Beef shank
  • 2 Whole star anise
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Whole cloves
  • 1/4 c Vietnamese fish sauce
  • -(nuoc mam)-
  • 1 ts Salt; or to taste
  • 1/2 lb Flat rice-stick noodles
  • - soaked in water
  • - for 20 minutes
  • 6 oz Sirloin steak
  • - trimmed of fat & sliced
  • - into paper-thin slices
  • 1 Onion; sliced thin
  • 2 c Bean sprouts
  • 1/4 c Fresh coriander leaves
  • - (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 Green onions
  • - cut into 2-in-long
  • - thin julienne slices
  • 1 Lime; sliced into 8 wedges
  • 2 Red chiles; thinly sliced


PUT GINGER, SHALLOTS AND ONION on a baking sheet; place under a hot broiler
until charred. In a stock pot, bring the water, oxtails and beef shank to a
boil. Thoroughly skim and discard the scum from the surface of the stock.
Drop the charred ingredients, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves into
pot, reduce to low heat; simmer for 2 hours. Remove the meat. Remove and
shred the meat from the shank and reserve. Return the bone to the simmering
stock. Simmer 1 hour longer. When soup is done, remove and discard bones.
Strain and degrease stock; add fish sauce and salt. Keep warm. In a
separate pot, bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Drain noodles and add to
boiling water; cook for 1 minute. Drain in a colander. Divide noodles among
8 soup bowls (about 1-to-2-cup-size bowls). Divide and top each bowl of
noodles with shredded cooked beef, the raw sirloin steak slices, onion
slices and bean sprouts. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups hot soup stock (this will
cook the beef) to cover the noodles and beef, top with fresh coriander and
green onions. Serve with squeeze of lime and chiles.

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