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Close to Restaurant-Style Pho Soup Recipe

A few years ago, an Asian restaurant opened nearby and everyone was raving about the Pho. Since I had never had it, I couldn't tell if it was authentic or not, but the flavor was something I never forgot.

I began researching Pho recipes and they all called for oxtail or bone marrow bones with very long cooking times.  They also included spice mixtures of anise & fresh ginger, along with cilantro, bean sprouts, chile-garlic sauce, Thai Basil, and green onions for garnish. 

Being married to a picky-eater who doesn't like (or won't try) half of the ingredients, I had to come up with a recipe that he would enjoy without sacrificing the taste. I also wanted a recipe that didn't take hours of simmering; something I could make on the fly without sacrificing taste.

After a few tries, I came up with what I refer to as 'Faux Pho'. While there's nothing fake about it, the process takes less than 30 minutes and the taste is pretty close to the restaurant at a fraction of the cost. 

Faux Pho Restaurant Style Soup

FAUX PHO Close to Restaurant-Style Pho Soup Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 large bowls or 6 medium bowls

INGREDIENTS:

1/3-pound Filet Mignon, Skirt Steak or Sirloin, slightly frozen and sliced paper-thin across the grain (set aside to rest at room temp)

1/2 medium White or Yellow Onion, sliced thinly

3-inches fresh Ginger, peeled and grated

3-4 medium Garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

1 medium Jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped

4 medium Baby Portobello Mushrooms, thinly sliced

Juice of one Lime

2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

1 Quart Beef Broth (I prefer Kitchen Basics for the rich broth)

1/2-package of wide rice sticks, soaked, cooked & drained (or substitute with Fettuccine noodles)

Toppings can include: Bean Sprouts, chopped Cilantro, chopped Thai Basil, and/or Scallions cut into thin slices

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice beef and set aside. 
  2. Preheat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of Beef Broth, onions, ginger, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook until onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and beef broth. Stir ingredients until well incorporated. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. While soup is simmering, prepare noodles according to package directions. Noodles should be al dente at most, to avoid over cooking after adding to the broth.
  5. Drain and add to broth. Cook on low for 3-4 minutes to return noodles to temp. 
  6. Add raw beef to soup bowls and carefully ladle soup over the meat. The meat will cook in the soup due to the thin slices.
  7. Top with your favorite additions and enjoy!

  

 

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