About this recipe:This a great interactive dish for a party or a crowd. In our family, we start up a couple charcoal burners outside and set all the ingredients out for people to make their bowls of noodles themselves, since everyone's tastes are different.
Brown and caramelize the beef and beef bones and place in a large 6 litre pot. Add everything else - black peppercorns, star anise, coriander seeds, pandan, smashed garlic cloves, galangal and water, except the meatballs. Cook this slowly at a simmer for about 4 hours, until the beef is very tender. Occasionally skim the pot to remove the fat and impurities floating on top. When the beef is tender, add the meatballs to heat through.
After you add the meatballs, get another large pot of water heating to blanch the noodles and veggies. While the pot is heating to a boil, round up all the veggies and condiments on a table near the cooking area.
When the noodle/veggie water is boiling, fill a basket with your desired noodles, kai lan and bean sprouts. Dunk in the boiling water to cook, 3-5 minutes.
Place the noodles into a bowl and top with the stewed beef, meatballs and broth.
Top with your desired condiments and sit back and enjoy the best noodles ever.
When everyone is done eating, take out the beef chunks and meatballs, strain the broth and save it all for lunch or breakfast the next day.