Charring the Vegetables and Finishing the Pho

  • 2 onions, unpeeled, halved and studded with cloves
  • 3 shallots unpeeled
  • 4 ounces whole fresh ginger, unpeeled
  • 8 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 medium parsnips cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Salt
  • 1 pound tripe and tendons
  • 1/2 pound flank steak
  • 1/2 pound beef brisket
  • 1 pound beef sirloin, sliced paper-thin
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly on the bias
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade of cilantro
  • 2 medium onions, julienned
  • 1 cup fish sauce (nuoc mam)
  • 1 pound 1/4-inch wide dried rice noodles, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes and drained
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 3 fresh jalapeno pepper, julienned
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1 bun
  • Chinese basil, chiffonade
  • Char the onions, shallots, and ginger, directly over a gas burner or under the broiler, about 5 to 6 minutes. Tie the charred vegetables, star anise, garlic cloves, and cinnamon stick in a damped cheesecloth. Add the spice bag and parsnips to the simmering broth. Season the broth with salt and pepper. Simmer the liquid for 1 hour. Add the tripe and tendons to the broth and simmer uncovered for 5 hours. Two hours after adding the tripe, add the flank steak and brisket.

  • In a small bowl, combine the green onions, cilantro and onions together. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper. When the broth is ready, remove and discard the oxtails and bones. Reserve the tripe, flank steak, and brisket. Strain the broth into a clean pot through a strainer with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth. Add the fish sauce to the broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Slice the tripe, flank steak, and brisket, into small pieces. In a pot of boiling water, drop inthe drained noodles and remove immediately and drain. Mound the noodles in the center of an oversized bowl. Arrange the meats on top of the noodles. Bring the broth to a rolling boil and ladle the broth over the meat. Garnish the soup with the green onions/cilantro/onion mixture. Serve the remaining ingredients along the side of the soup.

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