Loved it: Pho

When the weather outside turns grey and cold I crave a hot bowl of pho! Pho Hung in Portland makes the yummiest! www.pho-hung.com If you're really feeling motivated, though, the best is homemade! My mom has made this recipe a few times over the years and it's sooooooooooo good! She got the recipe from an old vietnamese lady- no joke- this is the good stuff!
Recipe for Pho:
  • 31/2 qts water
  • 2 lbs beef bones (oxtail works nicely)
  • 4 1-inch peices of fresh ginger crushed or grated
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 c. fish sauce
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/8 c. sugar
  • star anise
  • sesame seeds
  • cloves
  • 2 fresh green onions
  • rice stick noodles
  • 1/2 lb round roast 
  • thai basil
  • lime cut into wedges
  • cilantro
  • chili sauce
Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Remove bones and add fish sauce, onion and sugar. Place equal amounts star anise, sesame seeds and cloves into a metal tea bag and add to broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for another 2 to 3 hours. Thinly slice roast and add to broth toward the end of the simmering. Boil rice noodles separately for 15 minutes and add to broth.  At last minute add green onions, lime, cilantro and chili sauce or whatever vegetables you desire. Enjoy!

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