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Spicy Beef Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue)

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Quick and Easy - This soup is one of my favourite soups, it tastes delicious.
Ingredients
For the soup
  Beef bones 1 1⁄2 Kilogram
  Water 4 Liter
  Lemon grass sprig 1 Medium, cut legthwise
  Onion 1 Medium, peeled
  Ginger slices 5 Medium
  Salt 3 Teaspoon
  Coriander roots 3 Medium (Tied together with a string)
  Sugar 3 Teaspoon
Rest of the ingredients
  Beef shin/Gravy beef 1 Kilogram (Boiled in water for 5 minutes before adding to the soup stock)
  Water 1⁄2 Liter
  Beef paste 3 Tablespoon (Heaped)
  Fresh chili/Chili flakes To Taste (Optional)
  Rice noodles 1 Kilogram, cooked as per package instructions (As needed)
Vegetables for the soup
  Mint 10 Gram
  Spring onions 20 Gram
  Beans sprout 30 Gram
  Water spinach 30 Gram (Rau Muong)
For the garnish
  Fresh lime juice 1 Tablespoon (As needed)
  Fish sauce 1 Tablespoon (As needed)
Directions

GETTING READY
To prepare the beef bones (to ensure the stock is clear when prepared):
1. In a pot of 3 liters of water , add the beef bones and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
2. After 5 minutes, remove from the heat, drain and rinse the bones in water.

MAKING
To prepare the soup stock:
3. Take 4 liters of water in the pot, bring it to a boil. Add the clean beef bones, lemon grass, coriander roots, ginger, salt and sugar.
4. Boil over medium heat for 1 hour.
5. After 1 hour, add beef shin (gravy beef) and cook for another 30 - 45 minutes. Add water to top up the soup stock.
6. Add spicy beef paste to the stock. You may also add fresh chilies or chili flakes to the stock, if desired.
7. After about 45 minutes, remove the gravy beef from the soup stock and let it cool down.
8. Slice the gravy beef into thin slices, as if you are slicing a roast beef, but much thinner.

FINALIZING
9. Assemble the spicy noodle soup by placing the noodles, vegetables and thinly sliced gravy beef into a soup bowl and add the soup stock.

SERVING
10. Garnish with some freshly squeezed lime juice and fish sauce to taste, serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Vietnamese
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
110 Minutes
Ready In: 
140 Minutes
Servings: 
10
This Vietnamese Soup is not your regular soup. The beef stock is poured over a bowl, of vermicelli, beef and some vegetables mixed to make a cracking pot meal! All in a bowl to nustle into! A video which could be a tad better never the less the recipe is easy to follow!

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