Sunday, April 15, 2007

With the Winter finally winding down and a wet, cold Spring giving way to Summer, I decided to make a very nice Vietnamese dish called Pho.

Weather or not my version is/was a traditional "according to Hoyle" recipe remains in question. At work, I recently received a packet from Nestle Food Service entitled "A trip to SE Asia". Inside was the basic hodge podge of ideas mingled with advertisements for every Nestle product imaginable. Pho was the one thing that stood out for some reason. Perhaps it was the right combination of ingredients or the fact that it was fuck-cold and rainy all weekend. Either way, this delicious and simple broth was REALLY pleasing and exceptionally satisfying.

Beef Pho
2 qt Beef Broth
1 Yellow Onion, cut into quarters
1 large piece ginger, peeled and cut into cubes
2 Shallots, peeled and cut into quarters
1 Parsnip, peeled and cut with center removed
1 Cinnamon Stick
2-3 tsp. Fish Sauce

3 .oz wild mushrooms
8 .oz braised beef strips\cubes
1 package Rice Stick Noodles\Bahn Pho
1 bunch Scallions, cut on bias

1 Red Pepper, julienned and charred
2 .oz Bean Sprouts, rinsed well
1 Lime, cut into 4 wedges
2-3 leaves Thai Basil, chiffonade

Bring beef broth to a gentle simmer in a large pot.
While broth is warming, char Yellow Onion, Ginger, and shallots over grill.
When broth is at a simmer, add charred vegetables and Parsnip. Allow to steep for 25 minutes.
Add Cinnamon and Fish Sauce, steep for 5 more minutes.
Strain and keep warm while assembling bowls and garnish.

In each bowl, place rice noodles (cooked according to package instructions), then beef, then mushrooms and top with warm broth and scallions.

On small plates, artistically arrange Red Pepper, sprouts, lime, and basil. Serve as garnish with Broth.

Kerrie and I enjoyed this dish with a nice Sauvignon Blanc and Eddie Murphy's "Delirious". Still as funny today, at is was 25 years ago. Wait, what? 25 Years?

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Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
The Doors - The End
Iggy & The Stooges - No Fun
Beastie Boys - So What Cha Want?
The Misfits - Die Monster Die
Rolling Stones - Street Fightin' Man

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