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How to Make Vietnamese Beef Noodle Pho Soup (Pho Bo)

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To prepare the beef bones
  Beef bones 1 1⁄2 Kilogram
  Water 6 Liter (As needed to cover the beef bones)
To prepare the pho stock
  Water 5 Liter
  Salt 1 Tablespoon (Taste the soup and adjust to your taste)
  Raw sugar/White sugar 10 Teaspoon
  Onions 2 Medium, peeled
  Ginger slices 8 Medium
  Star anise 6 Medium
  Cloves 8 Medium
  Cinnamon stick 4 Inch
  Salt 1⁄4 Tablespoon
For assembling the pho soup
  Rice noodles 2 Pound (As needed)
  Beef 2 Pound, thinly sliced
Other condiments for serving the pho soup
  Fresh basil 100 Gram (As needed)
  Shallots 5 Medium, chopped (As needed)
  Coriander 50 Gram, chopped (As needed)
  Beans sprouts 200 Gram (As needed)
  Fresh lemon juice 10 Teaspoon
  Fresh chili To Taste, chopped
  Fish sauce To Taste
  Hoisin sauce To Taste

To prepare the beef bones:
1. Washt he beef bones thouroughly in water
2. In a large pot, put the beef bones in and fill with water to cover the beef bones. Boil for about 10 minutes.
3. After 10 minutes, drain the stock from the bones.
4. Wash the bones thouroughly in water once again.

To prepare the pho stock:
5. In a large pot, bring water to a boil with salt.
6. Add the prepared bones, sugar, onions, ginger slices, star anise, cinnamon and cloves.
7. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat to low and boil for 2 hours.(After 1 1/2 hours, taste and adjust sweetness and saltiness to your taste)
8. Skim off the foam from the surface of the stock occasionally.

9. In a bowl, place a layer of cooked rice noodles at the bottom of the bowl.
10. Top it with a layer of thin beef slices, followed by beef bones.
11. Spoon beef stock / soup over this to cover the beef slices. (The beef slices cook in the steaming hot soup)
12. Sprinkle a mix of shallots, coriander followed by bean sprouts.
13. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top. Add freshly cut chilies, fish sauce and hoisin sauce to your taste. Mix and the pho soup is ready to be served.

14. Serve warm with your choice of accompnaiments.

Boiling bones for 5 minutes will not make it lose flavor.
It takes 30 minutes, before the bones or meat release it's flavor in a soup stock.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes
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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 721 Calories from Fat 134

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23%

Saturated Fat 5.5 g27.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 70.3 mg23.4%

Sodium 1199.2 mg50%

Total Carbohydrates 113 g37.8%

Dietary Fiber 4.5 g18%

Sugars 9.8 g

Protein 30 g60.2%

Vitamin A 26% Vitamin C 26.5%

Calcium 10.5% Iron 26%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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