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A good pho is all about a delicious stock infused with Asian flavours. As with any soup, if you have time to make your own stock the day before it will only enhance the flavour.
If not, a good-quality store-bought stock will suffice. Rich and aromatic, this is perfect to serve as a lighter dinner.
1 litre good-quality beef stock
4cm piece ginger, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 Tbsp each soy sauce and fish sauce
1 red chilli, sliced thinly
200g rice noodles
400g sirloin steak, sliced thinly
2 cups bean sprouts
1 bunch coriander
½ cup chopped roasted peanuts
2 limes, halved
1. Pour the stock into a large pot. Add the ginger, cinnamon, star anise, soy sauce, fish sauce and half the chilli. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes to infuse the flavours. It can be refrigerated until needed at this stage.
2. Cook the rice noodles.
3. Arrange rice noodles into four bowls. Place in the sliced steak and bean sprouts. Bring the broth to the boil and remove any inedible cinnamon sticks or star anise, then pour over the steak and sprouts, which will cook them.
4. Garnish with extra chilli, peanuts and coriander. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime per bowl.