Pho Bo - Beef Noodle Soup

Total Time
15 mins
5 mins

This is from a Vietnamese cookbook, lent to me by a friend. The ginger makes for a spicy, flavourful broth.

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  1. Make the broth by bringing the stock to a boil.
  2. Add the ginger, cinnamon, coriander seeds and star anise.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes, then add the sugar, salt, pepper and fish sauce.
  4. Strain the broth and return to the pan, keeping hot over a low heat.
  5. Boil a pan of water and cook the noodles until al dente.
  6. When you put the noodles in the water, put the beef in the hot broth to cook. You don't need to boil it. The beef will cook just from the heat of the broth because it is so thinly sliced.
  7. Drain and divide the noodles among individual bowls.
  8. Add a handful of beansprouts, some shallots and coriander.
  9. Ladle the hot broth and beef over.
  10. At the table, each person can add the hoisin sauce, chilli sauce, lime juice, fresh chilli and basil to taste.