Beef pho - Vietnamese soup

Beef pho - Vietnamese soup


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About this recipe: Southern Vietnamese style pho. It's all about the stock - which takes a while to make but is totally worth it - which is ladled over rice noodles and thinly sliced beef.


Serves: 6 

  • 2.5kg beef knuckle (stock bones)
  • 7.5 litres of water
  • 1 kg oxtail
  • 1 white radish, sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 60g whole star anise pods
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 750g dried flat rice noodles
  • 250g frozen sirloin steak (to make easier slicing)
  • Thai basil, chilli, bean sprouts and lime pieces to serve

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Ready in:6hr30min 

  1. To make the stock, place the beef knuckle in a very large stock pot. Season with salt, and fill pot with 7.5 litres of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 2 hours.
  2. Skim fat from the surface of the stock, and add the oxtail, radish and onions. Tie the anise pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns and ginger in a cheesecloth or similar; add to the soup. Stir in sugar, salt and fish sauce. Simmer over medium-low heat for at least 4 more hours (the longer, the better). At the end of cooking, taste, and add salt as needed. Strain stock and return to the pot to keep at a simmer. Discard spices and bones.
  3. To serve, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Soak the rice noodles in water for about 20 minutes, then cook in boiling water until soft, but not mushy, just a couple of minutes. Slice the frozen beef paper thin. The meat must be thin enough to cook instantly.
  4. Place some noodles into each bowl, and top with a few raw beef slices. Ladle boiling broth over the beef and noodles in the bowl. Serve with hoisin sauce and chilli sauce and with a plate of bean sprouts, basil, slices of fresh chilli and lime out at the table for everyone to add their own toppings.

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Love my traditional dish. That's a great Pho recipe. I LOVE Pho but I no longer have to labor for my love since I discovered this great company called Star Anise Foods that make these incredible Pho kits that's all natural and organic, and using a family recipe from Nam Dinh where Pho came from. You must try them! It takes 15 minutes and it comes out tasting wonderful every time I make it. They sell you a spice packet and a noodle packet, all you do is add fresh ingredients. I got mine off, just search for Happy Pho, but you can also get them in Northern California stores - 15 May 2010

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