I have beeen so busy with work and other things in my life I rarely had the time to blog. It's Saturday morning and I've just finished some paper work off for the week and now I am craving for some pho bo (vietnamese beef noodle soup) that I made last week.
I used this nice recipe from her site Viet World Kitchen and tweaked it a little to my taste. Since I wasn't making pho for a big group of people I used minimal ingredients which the broth turned out fine. I found that using beef neck bone made the soup broth not that clear (oh well it tasted delicious anyway) and used ox tail was a nicer but expensive choice. I simmered both of this for about 3-4 hours, scooping out the scum and then added a cheat already made muslin cloth of pho spices which I got at the local Asian grocery store for around $3.60. The ox tail meat comes out very tender!
For the bowls I used already sliced knuckle beef and beef balls and tendons - more than enough meat! Garnishes were fresh basil, green onions /shallots, bean sprouts, dipping sauce was the usual hoi sin and chilli sauce.
The broth turned out pretty good. It didn't taste anything like the restaurants cause its so msg based!
A nice video of Pho by Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam. The best dish ever!