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A classic Vietnamese soup. Great for beef-lovers. The stock can be made one day in advance, and you should use fresh herbs. Not inexpensive, but lasting. There is no substitute for the elaborate stock, unfortunately.
For the stock
- 2 lbs beef shank or 2 lbs beef brisket
- 1 lb oxtails or 1 lb beef bone
- 1 lb lean stewing beef, in one piece
- 2 ounces fat (e.g. lard)
- 1 large onion, with peel
- 3 ounces fresh ginger, with peel
- 5 star anise
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- the stewing beef, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 lb filet of beef, sliced thinly
- 1⁄2 lb rice vermicelli
- 1⁄2 lb bean sprouts
- 1 bunch shallot, sliced
- fresh red chile, chopped
- lime wedge
- hot chili sauce
- fresh mint leaves
- fresh coriander leaves
- fresh basil leaf
- Tie up the stewing beef nicely.
- Put all the meats for the stock into a pan together with the fat, the sliced onion, star aniseed, cinnamon stick and ginger.
- Roast in a hot oven for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until everything is well browned.
- Move everything to a large pot.
- Cover with water and bring to a boil.
- Add coriander seeds and white pepper.
- Let simmer for at least three hours.
- Take up the stewing beef and let cool, then slice thinly.
- Strain the stock.
- If made one day in advance; keep cool and remove the fat on the second day.
- Prepare the garnish: Slice the (raw) fillet of beef thinly (as for Carpaccio).
- Boil the noodles according to instructions on the package, then drain and rinse with cold water.
- Arrange the garnish (not the noodles; see below!) nicely on a big plate.
- Bring the stock to a boil, add fish sauce to taste.
- When serving, put noodles and stewing meat either into a large serving bowl, or into individual soup bowls.
- Add stock and heat to boiling point (possibly in a micro-owen).
- Serve devilishly hot.
- The guests put the garnish into their soup and the raw meat will be partially cooked from the heat of the stock.
this soup was good. but for all the time and meat money and effort, i thought this would be mind blowing. my fav restaurant makes it better, and probably alot cheaper in a quart by quart comparison.
I've never had pho before so I don't have a basis for comparison but regardless, this was really, really good! I was skeptical about the anise, cinnamon and raw beef but it really turned out well. The spices are not overwhelming and meld nicely especially after you add the fish sauce and the meat cooked enough that I didn't feel like I was eating raw meat. Definitely will make again!
gee..... i did't know it needs so much stuff..... nei.... i suppose all good tasting things do take patience and time. i will find time to make this stock. in fact i just had a bowl of it yesterday at the local restaurant. it was ok but i believe i will make a better one !