Rich and full-flavored beef broth is ladled over tender rice noodles and thinly-sliced pieces of beef tenderloin. Garnishe...
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Had some of the soup Broth in the freezer and last night we made Rice Pilaf and used the broth as the liquid and it had to be the BEST rice I have ever had. There were wonderful hints of star anise, ginger, garlic...and just an all around great taste to the rice.
We served the rice with pork tenderloin medallions (much like this Miso Pork). We added a little arugula and spinach salad on the side and it was a great match.
The meat is great added to soups, stewed beans or vegetables, even shredded or pulled and combined with a sauce, provided the flavors match to make a great sandwich. For things such as dumplings and ravioli, the meat is great because of its delicate flavor. Unless added to an already tasty preparation, the meat will definitely need to be well seasoned because it will have lost a lot of flavor during the cooking process. Hope this helps. The soup is delicious!
This is by far one of my favourite soups and we are lucky to have a great Vietnamese place close by so we eat it regularly. I usually order their chicken pho option which is just as delicious. I wonder if I could modify this recipe to make a chicken version at home? If so, what would you recommend?
You can simply substitute the 6 pounds of beef/bones for chicken legs. Just don't cook the chicken as long. Remove it from the liquid once it has just cooked through. This way, it will be tender when you take the skin off and add it back to the soup at the end.
For more details, click on the link (in the notes, just below this text recipe) to the Cooking School Lessons on Broths and Broth-based Clear soups. There is great information in the lessons on how to make broths and how to vary the ingredients.
Hope this helps. Happy Cooking, Let us know how it turns out!
First off, I'd double the entire recipe. This should fit the 20 qt. pot nicely. The end result in terms of broth, should yield about 6 qt or 6 liters approx (or ~ 24 cups).
Keep in mind, that if you are serving this to a large group, that the stock HAS to be piping hot to cook the beef.
Good luck. d
Made this last night, and it was everything I remembered from college days and eating Vietnamese Beef Phở almost every day. (it was very inexpensive)
The beef broth is the best. I plan on using the extra for rice later in the week, long with some lovely fillets.
thanks for the recipe, and the comments. I've learned loads from them too.
I made Pho from an online recipe before and it tasted totally different from the soup that I had in my local Vietnamese restaurant. For example, restaurant soup doesn't use fish sauce but this recipe is recommended. It is that unique Vietnamese fragrant is missing. I am wondering if you guys have a recipe for the restaurant's version.
In my opinion, you can't have the official taste of Pho outside of Vietnam even if you have the exact recipe.
The reason usually because the ingredient itself would be different.
For example, Vietnamese cow is used on the field in stead of cultivator. That makes its muscles tougher than the industrial cow. It also one reason why we cook the meat but don't use it, i think.
I am from Vietnam and the word "Pho" would be too general for me. In 3 different regions of Vietnam, we have 3 different kind of "Pho" which are almost nothing like the others. So don't take it too seriously
Thank you for the Pho recipe. I used to labor for hours to make Pho and it still doesn't taste good. But I found this awesome new Pho-making kit called Happy Pho by this woman who used her grandparents' recipe to make them. They come in a box with a spice packet and a pack of pho noodles for 2 people. I was skeptical at first, but they have a simple recipe at the back that takes 15 mins. All I need to get is some chicken or beef broth and fresh ingredients, and the Pho that came out is absolutely delicious! It's also all natural and organic and made with brown rice. Check out their products here http://staranisefoods.com/our-products.aspx. I got them from Whole Foods in SoMa. But you can also get them from Amazon.com I think. I've also joined their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Star-Anise-Foods/111447418877428 -- and just went to their product demo for some free tasting of all flavors. Love it!
I bought fish sauce from a Vietnamese store, but it smells very strong. I expected it to be the same (or similar) to the fish sauce that Vietnamese restaurants serve for dipping spring rolls. Is there a particular brand that you would recommend?
Thanks for your time!
I tend to use Golden Boy fish sauce. It's the crazy bottle with the baby on the front holding a bottle of fish sauce.
There are many other brands out there I am sure that are good as well. When buying any fish sauce keep in mind that they will all smell quite strong and fishy. The smell should just be natural smelling and it should also have a natural taste. When buying fish sauce look for clear, amber-brown colored liquid with no sediment. Hope this helps - cheers!
Hello Dawn and Kimberly,
I really appreciate your feedback. I made the stock yesterday, and I'm planning to make the Pho today. It helped a great deal to know that the bottled fish sauce is not used in its concentrated form as a dipping sauce, but rather an ingredient in Nuoc Cham. I didn't know this.
Thank you again,
I just answered my own question. They didn't stick. But I quickly blanched them for about 20 seconds to keep them hot. Some students have never tasted a Pho. For others, it was an acquired taste but a great exposure for them. For the other students, they really like it compared to ordering them at the restaurant.