Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
Lynne Rosetto Kasper
- white onion, sliced thin (1 medium onion)
- 4 garlic cloves (sliced thin)
- 1 tablespoon ginger (fresh, about a 2-3 inch piece, peeled and thin sliced)
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 whole star anise, bruised (or 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds)
- fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
- 56 ounces chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons asian fish sauce (nam pla or nuoc nam)
For the soup
- 6 -8 ounces linguine-style rice noodles
- 6 -8 ounces top round steaks, sliced extremely thin (chicken breast can be substituted)
For table salad
- 10 sprigs coriander, fresh
- 6 -8 sprigs Thai basil (or other fresh basil)
- 2 serrano chilies, thin sliced (or jalapenos)
- 1 cup bean sprouts (generous handful)
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- hoisin sauce
- hot sauce
- Position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler and preheat. Double a very large piece of heavy foil. Scatter the onion, garlic, ginger, cloves, anise and 5 grinds of pepper on the foil. Broil for 5 minutes, turning the pieces once. You want the onion to have some toasted edges and the spices should be fragrant. Scrape everything into a 6-quart pot. Be sure to get all the anise seed if that's what you used.
- Add the broth, sugar and fish sauce and bring to a gentle bubble. Cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put the rice noodles in a large bowl and cover them with very hot tap water. (To keep them hot, cover the bowl with a plate.) Soak the noodles for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are tender but with a little more firmness than you want. Stir a few times. When they are ready, drain and rinse well with cold water. Divide the noodles between two large soup bowls.
- While the broth is simmering and the noodles are soaking, arranging the table salad on a platter and set out the sauces.
- To serve, divide the beef between the soup bowls. Ladle the bubbling broth into the bowls. Top each serving with selections from the table salad.
This recipe is quick and good. If you crave pho like I did, it's great. Make sure to get real Banh Pho noodles, it really makes a difference. And the noodles come in three different widths, I prefer the thinnest. This recipe is in The Splendid Table's How To Eat Supper Cookbook. I'm going to give it a go vegetarian next.