Tested till perfect Beef Pho
Beef Pho
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Beef Pho

Although it requires lots of ingredients, this soup — popular at Vietnamese restaurants — is worth the effort. Make the stock ahead so it takes only minutes to prepare for dinner.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: March 2003

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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  • Portion size 4


  • 3 3thick slices gingerroot
  • 2 2whole cloves
  • 2 2clove garliccloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 1whole star anise
  • 1 strip (3 inches/8 cm long) 1strip (3 inches/8 cm long)lime rind
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcoriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspblack peppercornblack peppercorns
  • 4 cups 4cupsbeef stock
  • 2 cups 2cupswater
  • 1/2 1/2oniononions
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspfish sauce
  • 8 oz 8oztop sirloin grilling steaktop sirloin grilling steaks
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupchopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspchopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplime juice
  • 2 2green oniongreen onions, chopped
  • 6 oz 6ozrice stick noodles
  • 1 cup 1cupbean sprouts
  • chopped fresh mint or coriander or sliced green onions
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In centre of 6-inch (15 cm) double-thickness square of cheesecloth, place gingerroot, cloves, garlic, star anise, lime rind, coriander seeds and peppercorns; pull up corners and tie into bundle with string.

In saucepan, bring stock, water, onion, fish sauce and spice bag to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Discard spice bag. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to simmer before continuing.)

Slice beef as thinly as possible; add to saucepan and bring to boil, skimming off any foam with spoon. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add chopped coriander, mint, lime juice and green onions.

Meanwhile, in pot of boiling salted water, cook rice noodles until tender but firm, about 5 minutes; drain. Divide among 4 soup bowls. Top with bean sprouts. Pour beef mixture over noodles. Garnish with mint.


Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 262 pro 18g total fat 3g sat. fat 1g
carb 40g fibre 2g chol 27mg sodium 1,339mg

% RDI:

calcium 5 iron 18 vit A 1 vit C 8
folate 15
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