NZ Woman's Weekly

Seared beef, star anise & coriander pho

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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
  • 1┬ŻL 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.

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