Ingredients (Serves 2):
|50g Beef tenderloin|
|100g dried pho noodles||In Hoi An these are slightly thicker almost thin pasta style rice noodles (white)|
|50g White Onion||1/2 an onion|
|10g Shallots||1 or 2|
|2 table spoons vegetable oil|
|2-3 cubes of beef stock||Really you should boil beef bones for 4 hours instead of using beef stock cubes. Or since we are in Christchurch you should buy beef stock from Foundations Foods as theirs is great. You can get it from Reward Fresh or direct from foundation foods.|
|50g Lemon Grass|
|50g Fresh Pineapple|
|2 tsp light fish sauce||if using Thai fish sauce then maybe just 1 tsp|
|a pinch of salt|
|2 tsp sugar|
|1/2 tsp pork powder||I think this is MSG (probably best to miss it out)|
|1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice|
|A few springs of coriander|
|2 table spoons of unsalted peanuts|
|1 red chilli|
|2 spring onions|
|Handful of washed mixed greens (basil, lettuce, mint, water spinach, bean sprouts)|
Cut the beef into very think slices and set a side.
Slice the shallots and cut the white onion into small chunks.
Peel the pineapple and cut into thin wedges
Cut the lemon grass into 5cm lengths and smash flat.
Remove the seeds from the Red Chilli and slice crosswise.
Cut the spring onions into 5cm julienne strips
Bring 500ml water to the boil in a large pot and add beef stock cubes or just use good beef stock.
Cook the pho noodles by immersing them for 3-4 minutes in boiling water. Remove from pan and place into two large soup bowls.
Heat oil in the fry pan and fry the white onion, shallots, and a pinch of 5 spice power.
Stir-fry for about 1 minute and then add to the hot stock. Continue cooking the stock over a hot element.
Add the fish sauce, salt, sugar, pork powder, the rest of the five spice powder.
There is two ways to cook the beef:
- Place stripes of beef onto a ladle and then add stock to the ladle and place into the bowl with the noodles. When enough beef has been added then add stock to fill the bowl.
- Place the beef on top of the noodles and then add stock to the beef and noodles.
Top with springs of coriander, peanuts, slices of chilli and fresh spring onion.
You can serve the soap with a plate of mixed greens.