Pho Soup Recipe

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  1. Pre-heat salamander style grill or top element of oven to a high heat.
  2. Place cassia, star anise, cloves, cardamom, onion and ginger in an ovenproof pan or baking tray and grill 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Remove. Turn off grill.
  3. Place grilled spices, onion and ginger in a large stockpot. Add veal bones, brisket and enough cold water to cover, bring to a slow boil.
  4. Simmer two hours, skimming the surface of any fat or scum as necessary, then remove brisket and store, covered and refrigerated until needed.
  5. Continue cooking stock a further 2 hours, skimming as necessary. Season with fish sauce, sea salt and sugar to taste, using the above quantities as a guide.
  6. Strain stock and discard bones, onion, ginger and spices. Cool and store refrigerated until needed or strain stock to a clean pot and bring back to a simmer, ready to serve.
  7. To serve, place sprouts, herbs, chillies and lime wedges in little bunches around a serving plate, place on table for guests to add to their pho as desired.
  8. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a rapid boil. Using a small blanching basket or chinois, blanch a small handful of noodles and spring onions for each person. Transfer each portion to individual serving bowls (pho is one of the few Vietnamese dishes not shared, with each diner receiving their own bowl).
  9. Slice reserved brisket thinly and place atop noodles. If using, add 20-30g thinly sliced raw beef per portion. Ladle hot stock over beef and noodles (the heat of the stock will cook the finely sliced raw meat). Garnish with chopped coriander and chives, season lightly with pepper.
  10. Serve hot portions to each guest, accompanied by Asian soup spoons and chopsticks (for the handling and choice of the fresh herbs).
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 4346.31 Kcal (18197 kJ)
Calories from fat 894.68 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 99.41g 153%
Cholesterol 2383.89mg 795%
Sodium 48324.74mg 2014%
Potassium 9912.51mg 211%
Total Carbs 58.97g 20%
Sugars 51.25g 205%
Dietary Fiber 2.21g 9%
Protein 747.36g 1495%
Vitamin C 26.7mg 45%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 13%
Iron 44.8mg 249%
Calcium 416.4mg 42%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 97.43 Kcal (408 kJ)
Calories from fat 20.06 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.23g 153%
Cholesterol 53.44mg 795%
Sodium 1083.24mg 2014%
Potassium 222.2mg 211%
Total Carbs 1.32g 20%
Sugars 1.15g 205%
Dietary Fiber 0.05g 9%
Protein 16.75g 1495%
Vitamin C 0.6mg 45%
Iron 1mg 249%
Calcium 9.3mg 42%

* 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

  • 94.8
  • 100

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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