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Vietnamese Pho

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Category: Soups, Vietnamese

 Ingredients List

  • 5 lb Beef bones with marrow
  • 5 lb Oxtails
  • 1 lb Flank steak
  • 2 lg Onions; unpeeled, halved,
  • -and studded with 8 cloves
  • 3 Shallots; unpeeled
  • 2 oz Piece ginger; unpeeled
  • 8 Star anise
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 4 md Parsnips cut in 2-inch
  • -chunks
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 1 lb Beef sirloin
  • 2 Scallions; thinly sliced
  • 1 tb Cilantro; chopped
  • 2 md Onions; thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c Hot chili sauce
  • 1 lb Rice noodles 1/4-inch wide
  • -(or banh pho)
  • 1/2 c Nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish
  • -sauce)
  • Black pepper; freshly grnd.
  • 2 c Fresh bean sprouts
  • 2 Fresh chili peppers; sliced
  • 2 Limes cut in wedges
  • 1 bn Fresh mint
  • 1 bn Fresh Asian or regular basil


Soak bone overnight in cold water. Place bones, oxtails and flank steak in
a large stock pot. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Cook 10
minutes, drain and rinse pot and bones. Return bones to pot, add 6 quarts
water and bring to a boil. Skim surface of scum and fat. Stir bones at
bottom from time to time. Add 3 more quarts water, bring to a boil again
and skim scum. Lower heat and let simmer. Char clove-studded onions,
shallots, and ginger under a broiler until they release their fragrant
odors. Tie charred vegetables, star anise, and cinnamon stick in a thick,
dampened cheesecloth. Put it in stock with parsnips and salt. Simmer for 1
hour. Remove flank steak and continue simmering broth, uncovered pot, for
4-5 hours. Add more water if level goes below bones.

Meanwhile, slice beef sirloin against grain into paper-thin slices, about
2-by-2 inches. Slice flank steak the same way. Set aside. In a small bowl,
combine scallions, cilantro, and half the sliced onions. Place remaining
onions in another bowl and mix in hot chili sauce. Soak rice noodles in
warm water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

When broth is ready, discard bones. Strain broth through a colander lined
with a double layer of damp cheesecloth into a clean pot. Add fish sauce
and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. In another pot, bring 4 quarts
of water to a boil. Add noodles and drain immediately. Do not overcook
noodles. Divide among 4 large soup bowls. Top noodles with sliced meats.
Bring broth to a rolling boil, then ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with
scallions mixture and black pepper. Serve the onions in hot chili sauce and
remaining ingredients on the side to add as desired. Also, you can add
Hoisin sauce as a dip. Serves 4.

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