Cheater Vietnamese Pho (Pho Bo)
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Serves: 4-6 servings
This cheater pho has all of the flavor of a traditional pho, but takes a fraction of the time.
  • 3 beef bone marrow bones
  • 50 ounces beef stock (unsalted)
  • 16 ounces water
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 3-inch piece of ginger, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package thin rice noodles
  • 16 ounces beef sirloin, cut into VERY thin pieces
  • Plenty of cilantro, lime, jalapeno and beans sprouts for garnish
  1. Place beef bones in a medium sauce pan, cover with water and bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes until all the impurities have risen to the top of the water. Transfer bones to a large stockpot and discard the water.
  2. To the bones, add the beef stock, water, onion, garlic, ginger, hoisin, spices and salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for one hour.
  3. Strain broth, discard cooked ingredients. Season broth with salt, pepper and hoisin.
  4. Bring the broth back to a boil and add rice noodles, cook until soft.
  5. Place beef in the bottom of a soup bowl, cover with boiling broth. The heat from the broth should cook the beef.
  6. Garnish with lime, cilantro, jalapeno and hoisin sauce.
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