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Cheat’s Vietnamese Beef Phở

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Servings 4


  • 1.5L beef consummé or stock
  • 2 thick, peeled slices of ginger
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 whole star anise, bashed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, bashed
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 80ml fish sauce
  • 250g thick rice noodles
  • 250g beef fillet, very thinly sliced
  • Sliced and seeded red chillies, bean sprouts, Thai basil, Vietnamese mint, coriander and sliced spring onion to garnish


  • Combine consummé or stock with 500ml water and place in a saucepan with the ginger, onion, garlic, spices, sugar and fish sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, gently for 30 minutes. Strain, discarding solids.
  • Rehydrate the noodles according to packet directions. Drain and place into 4 soup bowls, top with the beef slices and pour over hot soup. Serve immediately with garnishes.