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August 17, 2011

Pho-bu (Beef and Noodles Soup)


Beef bones 1 kg
Water 12 cups
Onions 2 chopped
Ginger 5cm piece, sliced
Whole star anise 5
Cinnamon sticks 2
Black peppercorn 1 teaspoon
Cloves 5
Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon
Fish sauce 2 tablespoons
Lime juice 2 tablespoons
Rice noodles 100 grams boiled
Beef fillet steaks 200 grams


Bean sprouts 110 grams
Shallots 3 thinly sliced
Red chilies 2 thinly sliced
Mint leaves ½ cup
Coriander leaves ½ cup


In a pot add beef bones, water, beef fillets, onions, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorn, cloves and coriander seeds over high heat. Bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer it for 2-3 hours. Remove from heat and strain through a fine sieve in another saucepan. In another dish bring out the beef fillets. Now add them in the strained stock. Add all other ingredients except noodles. Again boil it for 5 minutes.  
In serving bowls divide noodles and reserved beef evenly. Pour the hot soup evenly among each bowl. Top with bean sprouts, shallots, red chilies, coriander leaves and mint.