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Vietnamese Comfort Food--Really Good Pho

Real good Pho! Did I say Faux, Foe…no, it’s Fuh.. This is the ultimate Vietnamese comfort food—beef, broth and noodles, Viet style! The cool thing is that the beef is in the soup 2 ways---braised til tender but still a little chewy and raw!  You’ll see
Serves 4 with leftovers BUILD THE BROTH
2 onions, halved
4" thumb of ginger,
2 lbs of good beef bones, preferably shank and knuckle or neck
1 lb of beef  - chuck, brisket, rump, cut into large slices
6 quarts of water
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt or to taste
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tbls turbindo sugar 4 (Sugar in the raw packets that you stole from the coffee shop) Pho Spices [1 tbls white peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tbl coriander seeds, 1 tbl fennel seeds, 5 whole star anise, 1 cardamom pod, 6 whole cloves] I use a tea infuser for all but the cinnamon stick

Cut onions in half. Leave ginger as is. This is a lot like making roasted peppers over a burner. It is much easier if you have a gas stove. Brush just a bit of vegetable or peanu…