Beef Pho

by Bethlyn Rider
of Bethlyn’s Global Fusion
1075 NW Newport Ave. in Bend • 541-617-0513

• 2 large onions split in half
• 1 large hand of ginger (about 6 inches long) split in half lengthwise
• 3 pounds beef shin, with meat attached
• 2 pounds oxtail, cut into 1/2 to 1-inch thick slices
• 1 pound boneless beef chuck
• 1 pound beef brisket
• 3 whole star anise pods
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
• 4 cloves
• 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
• 1/4 cup fish sauce, plus more to taste
• 2 tablespoons sugar (preferably yellow rock sugar)
• Kosher salt

To Serve
• 1 pack (14oz) Cooked rice noodles, thin cut
• 1 pound beef flank steak, sliced thinly against the grain
• 1/3 cup sesame oil
• 2 each Portobello mushrooms/sliced with caps/sautéed in sesame oil before service
• 1 bunch kale/ deveined and chopped/sauté with sesame oil before service
• 2 to 3 cups mixed herbs (cilantro, basil and mint)
• 2 to 3 cups trimmed bean sprouts
• 1/2 cup sliced scallions
• Thinly sliced Thai chilis
• 2 limes, each cut into 4 wedges
• Hoisin sauce and Sriracha

Place a wire cooling rack or grill grate directly over the flame of a gas burner set on high. Place onions and ginger on top and cook, turning occasionally, until deeply blackened on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Alternatively, adjust rack to 3 to 4 inches from broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Place onions and ginger on a foil-lined broiler tray. Broil, turning occasionally until charred on all surfaces, about 25 minutes total. Set aside.
Meanwhile, combine beef shins, oxtail, chuck and brisket in a large stockpot. Cover with cool water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 15 minutes, then dump water and meat into the sink. When cool enough to handle, rinse parts under cool running tap water, carefully scrubbing debris from off of any bones and out of cracks in the meat, then return them to the pot. Cover with cool water.
Add charred onions, ginger, anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves, coriander, fish sauce, sugar and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a bare simmer and cook, skimming occasionally, until brisket and chuck are tender but not falling apart, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer brisket and chuck to a small bowl and cover with cold water. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Continue simmering broth for a further 4 hours, topping up with water as necessary. Strain broth through a fine mesh strainer. If desired, pick meat and connective tissue from oxtails and beef shins. Discard bones and aromatics. You should end up with about 4 quarts broth. Dilute with water or reduce as necessary to reach 4 quarts. Keep hot.
Carefully skim fat off of the surface of broth and discard. Season broth to taste with additional fish sauce, salt, and/or sugar. It should be highly seasoned. Slice cooked beef into thin slices or rough chunks.
Prepare pho noodles according to package directions. To serve, place re-hydrated noodles in individual noodle bowls. Pour hot broth over noodles. Serve immediately, allowing guests to top with cooked meat and slices of raw flank steak, mushrooms, kale, herbs, aromatics, lime and sauce as they wish.

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