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Beef pho

Recipe from Just Cooking in association with Fresh Living


Just Cooking

BBC Lifestyle



• 2½kg beef shin or marrow bones
• 1 tbsp (15ml) brown sugar
• 8cm knob ginger, peeled and sliced
• 1 tbsp (15ml) coriander seeds
• 5 star anise
• 2 onions, peeled and chopped
• ¼ cup fish sauce

To serve:

• Cooked rice stick noodles
• Coriander leaves
• Basil leaves
• Freshly sliced chilli
• Limes
• Spring onions
• 300-400g thinly sliced beef fillet or sirloin, fried

Preparation method

  1. Boil bones in plenty of water for about 20-30 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Pat the bones dry.
  2. Fry bones in a glug of vegetable oil to brown. Remove from pan, and discard the oil.
  3. Return bones and remaining ingredients to pot, and top with cold water. Simmer (don’t boil) for about 2 hours. Skim the top of the stock during the process to help keep it clear.
  4. Strain stock – you are now ready to make your pho!
  5. Arrange noodles, meat, vegetables and herbs in large bowls. Spoon over piping hot stock and tuck in.
  6. Add chilli and lime juice, to taste.