Monday, April 11, 2011

Pho bo - Vietnamese beef and noodle soup

This may seem like a bit of work but it is super easy for a fantastic result. The portions are 10 points plus, but I promise you a big bowl that will fill you up and make you feel all good inside. If you like Asian food you will love this. Anyone you serve it to will think you are a genius!

Pho Bo Makes: 4 servings

5 whole cloves
4 thin slices peeled ginger root (about an inch)
3 star anise pods
1 stick cinnamon
8 cups beef broth (total – I used broth from Italian beef,
1 qt of broth and
2 cups of water)
26 ounce container of Italian style beef
1 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 tablespoons soy sauce or nam pla (fish sauce)
4 ounces dried medium rice stick noodles
1 tablespoon cup canola oil
6 shallots, sliced
2 small red chilies, stemmed, seeded, thinly sliced (include stems and seeds if you like spice)
1 small bunch each: cilantro leaves, mint leaves, Thai (or other) basil leaves
1 cup bean sprout
1 lime, quartered
Hot sauce such as Sriracha

Combine cloves, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, broth, onion, peppercorns, Italian beef and soy in a large pot over medium-high heat; heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover. Cook until the broth is fragrant and infused with the spices, 10 minutes. Fish the beef out of the pot and set aside. Strain the broth into another pot. Meanwhile, place the rice sticks in a bowl; cover with warm water until very pliable, about 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the shallots; cook, until evenly brown, 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Reheat the beef broth and beef over high heat to a boil and reduce to low. Add the rice stick noodles, chilies and shallots. Divide the beef soup among 4 bowls. Divide the herbs and bean sprouts among the bowls. Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce.

1o points plus

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