Pho Bo Cheats version

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Try out this cheeky cheat recipe; itll make cooking Pho Bo quicker and easier!

Its time to put down those canned soups forever!Indulge inthis gorgeous soul-satisfying and healthy cheats version of Pho Bo. Its a meal for the whole family to enjoy.At its core, Pho Bo is a bone broth that has undergone a Vietnamese cuisine makeover. This is a very rewarding way to get yourbone broth intake up while enjoying all the fresh flavours of Vietnamese cooking.

Broth Ingredients

2 kg beef soup bones, (marrow and/or knuckle, brisket, oxtail)

5 litres of water

Two thumb size pieces of ginger

2 onions

5 star anise

5 cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

5 tbs fish sauce

Salt to taste

5 pieces yellow rock sugar (or about 30g raw sugar)

Other ingredients (to be added to bowl when serving)

1 packet Ban Pho rice noodles cooked as per instructions

Very thinly sliced beef steak (cut optional, but I like rib fillet of course)

Small bunch Thai Basil leaves

Finely Sliced red onion

Bean Sprouts

Sliced chilli (optional)

Hoisin Sauce

Sriracha Sauce

Method

Add bones to the large pot and cover with water, bring to boil let boil for a few minutes. Remove from heat and tip water down the sink retaining bones. (This step helps clean the bones and makes for a cleaner clearer broth.) Return bones to wiped clean pot and cover with 5 litres of water and return to heat.

Cut onion and ginger in half and char in a grill pan (bbq, under the grill or even directly in gas burner all work well) to get a good bit of colour on them and partly cook.

Add remaining broth ingredients to the pot, add ginger and onion when charred and bring to simmer.

Simmer for 5 hours or longer (arguably the longer the better) skimming the surface frequently to remove fats and impurities on the surface.

(For the cheats version, pick a qualitypre-made bone broth and add flavouring ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.)

Strain off broth discarding solids and adjust seasoning of fish sauce, sugar and salt.

To Serve

Place cooked noodles in bowls, lay slices of raw beef on noodles and ladle over broth.

Top with Thai Basil, sliced onion and bean sprouts and add hoisin sauce and sriracha to taste.

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