A few weeks ago my dear friend Lainie and I went to our 'favourite' Vietnamese restaurant for a quick, healthy and delicious pho. What a disappointment it was when we saw something black floating in Lainie's soup which clearly wasn't meant to be there..... We said goodbye to the restaurant on an empty stomach, and I figured it was time to master this delicious, aromatic soup myself.
Fortunately, I came to the conclusion that it's not hard to prepare at all and knowing that all the ingredients are fresh and edible makes it even tastier! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
- For the Soup
- Beef Stock - 2,5L / 10 cups
- Lemongrass - 1 stalk, cut into 3 pieces
- Cinnamon Stick - 1 stick
- Star Anise - 2
- White onion - 1, cut into 4 pieces
- Lime leaves - 1
- Garlic - 2, peeled and crushed
- Fish sauce - 3 tbsp. / 45ml
- Ginger - 2 slices
- Flat Rice Noodles - 1 packet , about 400gr
- Beef Sirloin Steak - 400gr, cut into thin slices
- For the Garnish
- Bean Sprouts - 160gr/ 2 cups
- Green Chilli - 1, seeds removed and thinly sliced
- Limes - 2, cut into wedges
- Fresh Mint - 1 bunch, leaves only
- Fresh Coriander/Cilantro - 1 bunch, leaves only
- Hoisin sauce, hot sauce, fish sauce - optional to serve as extra topping
Pour the beef stock in a large stockpot and add the lemongrass, cinnamon stick, star anise, lime leave, white onion, garlic, fish sauce and ginger. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the flat rice noodles according to the instructions, drain and set aside. Cut the beef into thin slices and prepare a plate with all the garnish (mint, coriander, limes, bean sprouts and green chilli) so that everyone can help themselves at the table.
Once the soup has simmered for 30 minutes, strain it to discard all the solids and return the stock to the stockpot. Return the stock to a simmer. Fry the beef slices for two minutes to lock in the natural juices.
Divide the noodles over 6 bowls, top with bean sprouts and the beef slices. Ladle soup on top, serve immediately and garnish at the table.
Bon Appetite ;-)