Looking for an immune-boosting dish that’s perfect for the cooler months? Look no further than this re-imagined Vietnamese classic.
We’re all looking for ways to warm up and stay healthy while in iso. Luckily, the crew from new-school Vietnamese joint Hello Auntie have shared their trade secrets to creating one of their famous dishes: the Pho Dac Biet. This recipe has been modified for home-cooks (based on the original recipes by owner and executive chef Cuong Nguyen). Get ready for a slurp-tastic dining experience!
- 2g / fennel seed
- 5g / cloves
- 8g / star anise
- 4g / cinnamon bark
- 5g / black pepper
- 1g / liquorice bark
- 1 pod / black cardamom
- 2kg / marrow bones (femur)
- 2.5kg / chicken frames
- 150g / rock sugar
- 65g / salt
- 100g / ginger
- 2 / large brown onions
MEAT COMPONENT: BEEF MEATBALLS
- 1-2kg / lean beef mince
- For every 500g of beef:
- 1 / egg
- 2g / salt & pepper
- 2g / garlic powder
- 2g / onion powder
- 1-2kg / brisket or flank
- Pho rice noodles (fresh or dried)
- Note: fresh pho rice noodles can be found in Asian groceries while dried pho rice noodles can be found in most supermarkets.
- Thai basil / regular basil
- Bean sprouts
- Sriracha sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Trim excess fat from chicken frames. Rinse both the beef bones and chicken frames thoroughly.
- Char the ginger and onion with a naked flame and rub off any excess burnt skin from the ginger.
- Place bones into a 10L pot, followed by the onion and ginger. Fill the pot with 7L of water, then add salt and sugar. Bring to a boil.
- Remove any grey foam from the surface, then reduce to a gentle simmer for 8 to 12 minutes.
- Add spices, then simmer for 1 to 3 hours depending on the desired strength of the broth.
NOTE: You need to simmer the broth for minimum of 8 hours. Anything less won’t give you enough depth of flavour.
- Mix all meatball ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and roll meatballs into the desired size.
- Cook meatballs in beef broth 4 hours into the broth’s simmering process.
- Cook meatballs until firm then remove when done.
- Cook brisket/flank in beef broth until it reaches the desired tenderness.
- Fresh rice noodles: cook fresh rice noodles in boiling water for a minute.
Dried rice noodles: cook dried rice noodles in boiling water as per instruction on the packet.
- Add rice noodles in a bowl, add the soup and meats.
- Add your desired amount of basil, bean sprouts, Sriracha and hoisin sauce.