Vietnamese Beef Pho Feast little-viet-kitchen
Vietnamese Beef Pho Feast little-viet-kitchen
Vietnamese Beef Pho Feast little-viet-kitchen
Vietnamese Beef Pho Feast little-viet-kitchen
Vietnamese Beef Pho Feast little-viet-kitchen
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Vietnamese Beef Pho

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“If you’re coming to my house and I want to introduce Vietnamese food to you, pho would be the first dish that I would make”, says Thuy Pham, chef and owner of the Little Viet Kitchen. The restaurant’s latest menu centres around Vietnam’s national dish. Traditionally eaten at breakfast, pho differs across Vietnam – it’s typically salty in the north, spicy in the centre, and sweeter in the south. The beef pho that Thuy serves reflects these regional influences. She explains, “at first, we had Southern Vietnamese coming in saying it was too salty, while Northerners would demand more spice.” So Thuy worked on a compromise, adapting her recipe to create a perfectly balanced broth.

“Making a pho is such a labour of love," explains Thuy, "the clarity of the broth is so important". To achieve a clear stock, the beef bones must first be thoroughly cleaned – a process which involves hours of soaking. After this, Thuy simmers the stock and adds flame-charred ginger and onions, along with warming spices including star anise, cinnamon and coriander seeds. She then slow-cooks beef brisket in the aromatic broth for five hours until soft and tender. The result is a comforting, delicate broth with a deep beef flavour. To finish, Thuy tops her pho with thin slices of the beef brisket along with fresh coriander, lime, red onions and sriracha and hoisin sauce.