*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                            PHO (VIET BEEF SOUP)
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 Serving Size  : 3    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Beef
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    4       lb           Beef shin with bones or 2
                         -medium oxtails, cut up.
    1       md           Onion, unpeeled
    5                    Slices fresh ginger
    1                    Piece star anise
    1       t            Salt
    2 1/2   tb           Chinese fish sauce
    1                    Bundle medium Chinese
                         Boiling water
      1/2   lb           Leftover cooked sirloin
                         -(or beef tenderloin or
                         -eye chuck), thinly sliced
    3                    Scallions, chopped
                         Fresh cilantro sprigs
                         Fresh chiles, sliced
   Boil beef (with bones) or oxtails in 3 qts cold water.
   Skim off foam and fat. Cover and simmer for 4 hours.
   Broil onion until flesh is soft, turning often. Peel.
   Add onion, ginger, anise, salt, and fish sauce to beef
   broth just before it has finished simmering.
   Also just before beef broth finishes simmering, drop
   vermicelli into a pot of boiling water. Cook 8
   minutes, remove from water, rinse in cold water, and
   drain. Divide vermicelli into three equal portions and
   place in 3 individual serving bowls.
   Divide beef into 3 equal portions and place on top of
   vermicelli in the bowls. Garnish each bowl with
   scallions and 2 or 3 fresh cilantro sprigs.
   Strain broth, reserving beef and flavorings. Pour one
   cup broth over contents of each bowl. Sprinkle with
   pepper and chiles. Serve immediately. Reserved beef,
   flavorings, and extra broth can be eaten separately.
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