Vietnamese food is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, thanks to its minimal use of oil.
- 1 x 250g packet dried rice noodles
- 2 onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- Dash of grapeseed oil
- 500g prime sirloin beef steak
- 6 cloves
- 5 star anise
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 1½L vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp soya sauce
- 1 cup mung beans
- 2 spring onions, julienned
- 1 bok choy, sliced
- 1 pak choy, sliced
- 1 long red chilli
- 1 lime wedge
- Coriander leaves
- Coriander stalks
1 Soak the noodles in warm water for 1 hour or as directed on the packet.
2 Place onion and garlic in a large saucepan with a dash of grapeseed oil and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes.
3 Add the cloves, star anise, cinnamon, vegetable stock, fish sauce, soya sauce and coriander stalks. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
4 Season the meat with salt and pepper and seal in a hot fry-pan until coloured. Remove and rest.
5 Strain and return broth to saucepan. Bring back to the boil.
6 Place the drained noodles, sliced beef, bok choy, mung beans, pak choy and spring onions into serving dishes.
7 Pour the hot broth over the top and finish with the chilli, coriander and wedge of lime.