Sunday, January 17, 2010

Southeast Asian Beef and Rice-Noodle Soup

Very similar to a Vietnamese pho, this soup creates a very meaty broth with short ribs and beef shanks simmering with ginger, garlic, chile, star anise and cinnamon. All of these ingredients come together with rice noodles to produce a fragrant tasting dish. This is perfect for a cold night or a party, because you can customize your bowl to your own taste with a spritz of lime, fiery Sriracha sauce and sweet hoisin, and some mint and cucumber.


Southeast Asian Beef and Rice-Noodle Soup
Serves 8-10 (Main Course)
Recipe from Gourmet

Ingredients:
3 lb meaty beef short ribs
3 lb beef shank in 2 or 3 pieces
2 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil, divided
1 large onion, sliced
2 (1-inch) pieces peeled ginger, smashed
1 bunch scallions, white parts smashed and green chopped
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 (4-inch long) fresh red or green chile, stemmed and halved lengthwise
2 qt water
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 whole star anise
1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick
14 oz dried flat Asian rice noodles

Accompaniments: mint sprigs; thinly sliced seedless cucumber; Sriracha and hoisin sauces; lime wedges

Directions:
Pat meat dry. heat 1 Tbsp oil in an 8- to 10qt heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then brown meat in batches (do not crowd), about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a platter.

Cook onion, ginger, white parts of scallions, garlic, and chile in remaining Tbsp oil in same pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 12 minutes.

Add water, soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon stick, and meat (with juices) and simmer, covered, until meat is tender but not falling apart, 2 to 21/2 hours.

Transfer meat with tongs to a cutting board. Discard bones and membranes, then cut meat across the grain into 1/2-inch pieces.

Strain broth through a sieve (cheese cloth works well) lined with a double layer of dampened paper towels set into a large saucepan. Discard solids. Skim off fat. Season broth with salt, then return meat to broth and reheat.

Meanwhile, add noodles to a 4-qt pot of unsalted boiling water and let stand off heat, covered until softened, 4 to 8 minutes. Drain and divide among large soup bowls. Add scallion greens and ladle in
soup.

Note: Soup without noodles, can be made 3 days ahead. Chill meat in broth (covered once cool). remove any solidfied fat before reheating.

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79 comments:

3 hungry tummies said...

Looks absolutely wonderful! I can see you are liking your Siracha sauce!

Chris said...

Is it beef ribs AND shanks or is it one or the other?

Man that looks good, especially with the sriracha sauce dancing on top like that!

Donna-FFW said...

What a most tasty looking bowl of soup. So much wonderful flavor going on!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

This looks wonderful. As a home cook I really need to explore Asian cooking more. There are some many wonderful dishes I want to try and learn about. Thanks for sharing!

Anncoo said...

Very delicious meal with the siracha sauce!

George Gaston said...

Velva, this looks like a terrific light soup with amazing flavors. Now that our weather is getting warmer again, I think I will make this. Many thanks...

A Year on the Grill said...

beautiful sounding recipe.

It is sooo difficult to get a soup to look good, I am loving that photo

Chef E said...

What a great big bowl of yum! I made lettuce wraps the other day and finally made the Asian sweet sour cucumbers I love so much! I want a bowl of this right now! NOW I SAID :)

suzicate said...

Looks yummy! I love soups this time of the year.

Dishesdone said...

That looks so good! Perfect dish for the cold weather! Looks so flavorful, I can just taste it!

Bob said...

That looks fantastic. One thing I love about a lot of Asian dishes is all the condiments. I love the idea of a central dish that everyone get to change up how they like.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

OMG. OMG. I can't believe you know how to make pho! I am completely floored!

Kim said...

This looks like one serious bowl full of flavor! Very pretty too!

Ravenous Couple said...

the beef looks really tender..yum!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is my favorite meal to have over the winter. The clear broth is so soothing and the perfect cure for the cold blustery weather.

Lyndsey said...

Oooo....this looks so good. I really want a bowl of that right now. It's on my list to make!!

buffalodick said...

There is good, and there is stupid good(which is way better than just good!)...I want some!

Lori Lynn said...

Looks mighty tasty! I think great in any season, especially like the hot (sauce) and the cool (cucumber).

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Oh, Yum. Look at those big chunks of beef! Love it.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Oh my, that looks wonderful! So colourful and fresh.

Karen Harris said...

Hi Velva, thanks so much for your condolences. I'm learning to deal with it better everyday. I'm so glad that I came to visit your blog today. We have a little restaurant that I love to go to on our cold Colorado days that serves the best pho I've ever had. Yours looks delicious. Now, I'm actually looking forward to a cold snap, well, maybe that's taking it a bit too far.

Bridgett said...

This is a gorgeous and delicious looking soup. I would love to give this a try very soon.
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. You always have something wonderful to say and I appreciate it so much.

Ana Powell said...

Amazing and delicious soup.
Great post x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We would love this! I want to try making it! Thanks!

doggybloggy said...

this is a homerun, a field goal, a touch down, a three pointer, a hole in one, a slam dunk, a blue ribbon.....you get the point

teresa said...

oh i could go for a bowl, or three of this. i love those flavors!!

Kathleen said...

It's supposed to start raining in Socal tomorrow. I'm totally gonna make this for dinner! Yummy and comforting!

monicajane said...

I love Vietnamese pho and used to have it often at restaurants when I lived where there was a Vietnamese population...

I've often thought of making it at home...this looks just as tempting to try.

my husband would love this too!
thanks

Devon said...

Velva, now you're speaking my language. Hot, beefy,and Asian inspired-pass me a bowl and a napkin.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Yum! I love the sounds of using short ribs for the Pho :D Gosh what I would do for a bowlful of this for lunch today!

Mary said...

What a lovely soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I stopped by to say hello and stayed much longer than I planned. You have a wonderful blog and I'll be back often to see what's going on. I've become a follower.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Yummy..yummy...that looks so good...i could sure go for a bowl of that right now...rainy rainy rainy here

i'll be back to visit soon, friend

fondly,
kary

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Velva, Wish I had have had that soup today... It was a cool, dreary, rainy day in TN---and that hearty soup would have been SO good....

Hugs,
Betsy

Michelle J said...

I SO have to make this! Pho is my cure-all. :)

Pam said...

This is my very favorite Vietnamese dish!

Sook said...

This noodle soup looks amazing! I love this kind of soup! Yum!

Mimi said...

Colorful and flavorful just the ticket for a cold day.
Mimi

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That soup looks really good! A tasty dish! Southeast Asian-style soups are so fragrant!

Cheers,

Rosa

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

That sounds so delicious, and just the thing to eat when one has a cold or stuffy nose!

Peanutts said...

Hi , thanks for stopping by :) that soup look delish

TKW said...

You had me at pho! My favorite comfort food! Yours looks awesome.

Laura in Paris said...

I am so glad to find the time again to visit your blog and enjoy the pictures and the recipes!
I had a busy busy holiday season.

Sage said...

I have never had this soup; your recipes really tempts me.

Claudia said...

What a grand array of flavors - definitely going to do this. I'm comforted already!

Chef Aimee said...

I love the idea of doing this at a party - what a great idea! Just looking at the photo makes me warm and cozy. :)

Annalisa said...

Look delicious!Great recipe I'll try.
Have a lovely day
Annalisa

Chow and Chatter said...

this one awesome soup Velva love it

Ingrid said...

This looks like a soup my kids would love. They are keen on soup and Asian flavors.
~ingrid

Rambling Tart said...

Oh Velva - what a lovely, comforting bowl of goodness. :-)

stephchows said...

ok seriously mouth watering!!!!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

I just love Vietnamese soups. Great photo, too.

Faith said...

That is a gorgeous bowl of soup! It sounds flavorful and delicious with all those spices!

Katy ~ said...

Velva, let me sing your praises. This soup looks absolutely fabulous! Oh my gosh I just want to slurp it right up.

Catherine said...

This soup looks so delicious Velva. I would love to have a bowl of this right now! And the photo is lovely.

Mireya said...

I love Pho, but have never tried making it before. Yummy!

figtree said...

What a treat! I hope to make this soup REAL soon!

Just telling it like it is said...

Refreshing...

Jen_from_NJ said...

This sounds so good! I love all of the Asian flavors - yum! Perfect cold weather food!

Cocina Savant said...

This dish looks completely slurpalicious. Bring on the noodles and broth- the succulent beef if icing on the cake.

Juliana said...

Yummie! Love rice noodles...yours look absolutely delicious...

sophia said...

That's my dad's FAVORITE thing. Once, he said that during his sermons, and he was stuck with people buying him this beef noodle bowl for every meal. He also came back home with a BIG box of instant beef noodles. Haha!

I love it with tendons in it. Have you tried that before?

theUngourmet said...

This looks so warm and satisfying! I love the nice pop of green onion and the spicy sauce! Yummy!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

My gosh! Look how many people love your recipe!

Check my blog for a surprise!

Jennie said...

Velva, this is my kind of dish! I could do with a steaming hot bowl of it right now! My mouth is watering at the thought! Oh and bring on the Sriracha please!

Hungry Dog said...

This looks absolutely perfect for these cold winter days!

Tangled Noodle said...

This is the kind of dish that makes me actually wish that winter would last longer! I feel toasty-warm and happy just looking at it . . .

chantal33 said...

I love all these asian flavors, so yummy!

Barbara said...

I'm crazy for this recipe, Velva! Wish I had a bowl of right this minute because I can't seem to get warm today!

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, this is an awesome soup! The flavors sound fantastic!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Looks lovely....that meat........hmmmmmmm. I want me some!!!!!!!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

mmmm hot spicy soup with a splash of lime! I like your combination of spices - star anise must add an unusual flavor :)

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

mmmm hot spicy soup with a splash of lime! I like your combination of spices - star anise must add an unusual flavor :)

powderate said...

a soup lovers post it is. Just in from doing some gardening and now I know what I want to eat with the dessert I made this morning. Your soup.

Kevin said...

That soup looks nice and fresh and good! I really like using star anise in soups as it adds that something special.

love lives in the kitchen said...

it's lunch time and reading your blog makes my mouths watering!
thank you for this lovely recipe!
have a sweet day,
justyna

Chef Fresco said...

This looks delicious! Nice choice of ingredients!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Velva, what a delicious post! Thank you for hopping on over to Paris to meet me! You have a successful blog here....I always say that PHOTOS FOOD FRENCH and FRIENDS make blogging great! Please come back again and I hope you get a chance to visit Sacha; great food and photos. Have a great day...Anita

My Little Space said...

OMG, such a mouthwatering meal! Love noodle with soup. Simply delicious! yummm...

Foodycat said...

That looks so good! I can smell the broth from here - just heavenly!

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