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Quick Beef Pho

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This is an easy version of the classic Vietnamese dish, Beef Pho. Fragrant broth, thinly sliced beef, rice noodles and plenty of herbs make an incredible soup that comes together in no time.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • ½ whole Medium Onion, Peeled With Root Intact
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Smashed
  • 2 Tablespoons Or 2 Inch Piece Of Ginger, Peeled And Thinly Sliced
  • 1 whole Star Anise
  • 1 whole Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 whole Cloves
  • 4 cups Beef Broth, Preferably Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce Or More To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Fish Sauce, Or More To Taste
  • 4 ounces, weight Rice Noodles (preferably Bánh Phở)
  • 6 ounces, weight Beef Eye Round Or Sirloin, Very Thinly Sliced
  • ½ cups Bean Sprouts
  • ½ cups Mixed Herbs, Such As Cilantro, Basil And Mint
  • 2 whole Scallions, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 whole Red Hot Chilies, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 whole Lime, Cut Into Wedges (for Serving)

Preparation

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, cut side down, and cook undisturbed until well-browned, about 3–5 minutes. Flip onion and add ginger and garlic to pan, stirring frequently for 30-60 seconds or until fragrant and slightly browned, but not burnt. Remove all ingredients from pan and set aside.

Add star anise, cloves and cinnamon stick to the pot. Toast about 3-4 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned, but not burnt. Add broth to pot. Add back onion, ginger and garlic. Simmer for 20–30 minutes or until flavorful. If over-reduced (too bitter or salty tasting) add a few spoonfuls of water, as needed, to dilute broth. Strain and return to pot, discarding vegetables and spices. Stir in soy sauce and fish sauce, adding more if desired.

While the broth is simmering, cook the noodles. If using thin cut Bánh Phở noodles, soak in cold water for 20–30 minutes. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drain noodles and add to boiling water. Cook 1-3 minutes or until al dente. Alternatively, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse and toss in a few teaspoons and vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.

If using bean sprouts, I suggest blanching for 10 seconds in the boiling water before cooking noodles in the pot. Remove using a spider or slotted spoon, reserving the boiling water for the noodles. Run sprouts under cold water or shock in an ice water bath until cool. Drain and pat dry.

When the broth is finished cooking, bring to a gentle boil and add beef. Boil until just cooked through but still slightly pink, about 1 minute. Remove from broth using a spider or slotted spoon and set aside.

To assemble soup bowls, add noodles, beef and chopped herbs to the bowl. Ladle in broth. Top with bean sprouts, scallions, chilies and additional herbs, if desired. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy.

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