Anise-Scented Beef Pho Recipe

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  1. Preheat oven to 350oF. Arrange onion quarters, rounded side down, and ginger pieces on small baking sheet. Roast until the onions begin to soften, about 25 minutes. Using kitchen scissors, snip off the darf edges. Toast star anise, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick in small skillet over medium high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, stirring occasionaly, about 3 minutes.
  2. Bring broth, water and brisket to boil in large pot over high heat. Skim off foam that rises to the top. Add onions, ginger and spices to pot. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and gently simmer until brisket is tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Uncover; cool 1 hour. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Chill brisket in soup, uncovered.).
  3. Discard any fat from surface of the soup; rewarm the soup slightly. Using tongs, tranfer brisket to cutting board. Slice thinly across the grain. Strain the soup into a large bowl; discard the solids in strainer. Return soup to same pot; boil 10 minutes. Add fish sauce and sugar; season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Add brisket to soup and warm through.
  4. Meanwhile prepare the garnishes.
  5. Cook the rice noodles in medium pot of boiloing salted water until just tender; about 5 minutes.Drain.
  6. Divide noodles among the 6 bowls. Add brisket from soup, then onions, basil and chilies. Pour hot soup over. Serve with the remaining garnishes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 498.21 Kcal (2086 kJ)
Calories from fat 139.45 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.49g 24%
Cholesterol 101.28mg 34%
Sodium 1941.48mg 81%
Potassium 1026.39mg 22%
Total Carbs 46.56g 16%
Sugars 7.19g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2.91g 12%
Protein 43.4g 87%
Vitamin C 16.5mg 28%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Calcium 86.1mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 52.83 Kcal (221 kJ)
Calories from fat 14.79 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.64g 24%
Cholesterol 10.74mg 34%
Sodium 205.89mg 81%
Potassium 108.85mg 22%
Total Carbs 4.94g 16%
Sugars 0.76g 29%
Dietary Fiber 0.31g 12%
Protein 4.6g 87%
Vitamin C 1.7mg 28%
Iron 0.4mg 23%
Calcium 9.1mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.7
  • 13

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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