When we think of Vietnamese cuisine, Pho is one of the first dishes that comes to mind. Perhaps that's due to the recent rise of international restaurants, or it could be the trending noodle craze, or maybe it's just simply delicious. Whatever it may be, Rooted Pear has been riding this bandwagon for quite some time! Blame it on the roots. Nothing cures the winter blues like a steaming pot of noodle soup. So for today’s blog we’re sharing our formula for the perfect bowl of pho.
The process involved is less intensive than it is time-consuming. Much of the cooking is done unattended. Once all the ingredients are prepped and ready, all that’s left is the excruciatingly long waiting period where the pot of soup simmers for up to 8 hours, depending on how much you’re making. But before we get to that, let's discuss ingredients.
Aromatics is the name of the game. Into the pot goes: cinnamon, star anise, cloves, ginger, and onions. Other key ingredients: Beef bones, oxtail, fish sauce, salt, rock sugar. All these elements stew together for hours on end to create the delicious beef broth we know and love. Then we have our external ingredients assembled in the bowl, patiently waiting to be bathed in the delicate broth. The noodles are a must (obviously), then we have our thinly sliced London broil, some beef meatballs, and our assortment of herbs: scallions, onions, cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, and lime.
The steps are quite simple: first you’ll need to get the beef broth started by adding the oxtail and bones with plenty of water. Next, you’ll need to roast all your aromatics. They’re then added to the pot. Once your broth has been simmering for a few hours and 1/3 of your stock has cooked down, you can add the fish sauce, salt, and rock sugar to taste. Allow all the additional ingredients to harmonize for another few hours before you start plating up your noodles. There will be some much needed skimming of foam and bits that rise to the surface but it’s a labor of love. The final step is to assemble your bowl and pour that beautiful golden brown broth over your beef and noodles and ENJOY.