Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Faux Pho

Authentic beef pho requires long cooking of beef marrow bones and many spices and aromatics. This short-cut method yields a dish similar in flavor and aroma to the real thing but takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
2 qt water
4 T beef stock concentrate (Better Than Bouillon™)
2 t five-spice powder
4 T fish sauce
2 t soy sauce
2 t sugar
1/2 t granulated garlic
8 oz rice vermicelli
12 oz thin slices of tender beef
Thai basil leaves and bean sprouts (optional garnish)
Soak the noodles in hot tap water. Bring fresh water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in all the ingredients except the noodles and meat. Simmer 15 minutes. Add the noodles and the raw beef. Simmer 5 minutes and serve, topped with basil and sprouts, if desired. Serves four.