Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vietnamese Beef Noodle (Pho Bo)

This is the express version where I used a beef cube instead of boiling beef bones for hours. So how does it compare up? Well... I had only a few mouthfulls and the rest my lap-top ate it up! Yes, that's why I was offline for almost a week!

Well, if you ask me, I think it was good enough for an express meal and I will make this again. I do not have Pho, I simply used ordinary kway teow to substitute.

Ingredients
  • 300g thinly sliced beef (marinate with fish sauce and a light squeeze of lime for 30mins)
  • Some beans sprout (tow-gay)
  • 1/2 cube of Beef Cube Stock (Knorr)
  • 1 small stalk of lemon grass
  • 4 leaves of lemon leaf (tear into half to release fragrance)
  • 1/2 packet of kway teow
  • 1-2 tsp of dark brown sugar
  • Fish sauce
  • 1 green lime
  • A few sprigs of mint leaf, Thai basil and cilantro

Method
  1. Once water is boiling, add stock cube, lemon grass and lemon leaf.
  2. Let it simmer/boil for at least 15 mins or till you can smell the aroma from the lemon grass & lemon leaf. Remove and discard.
  3. Add some fish sauce (approx 2-3 tbsp) and dark brown sugar. Taste to check the taste and adjust accordingly.
  4. Stir in kway teow and bean sprout.
  5. Once kway teow is slightly soft, turn up the fire till boiling.
  6. Add in the beef slices and bring everything to a boil.
  7. Pour into boil with the mint leaves, basil and cilantro.
  8. Squeeze some lime on top before serving.
  9. Serve hot and ENJOY!
Tips
  • You can omit adding the mint leaves and basil if you do not like too strong herby smell and taste.
  • If you like spicy food, you can also add some chilli padi or make a chilli dip for the beef slices.

11 comments:

charmaine kee said...

will try dis out soon.no matter how simple ur cooking is..always taste good.kimi is so lucky 2 hav u as mummy.not like me,my menu keep repeating as long as ju eats.... don't bother 2 learn new recipe...haha...lazy me

Ellena said...

WOW... i love this.. i sure will try this dish out.... I love the thai lemon and beef hehe... thanks for sharing.. :p

tona-mama said...

ellena, pls try it as it is so easy and fast! I love thai lemon and beef too!! I love lemons lah basically! hahaa!

tona-mama said...

charmaine, aiyo, pls dont say that! U oso cook very well what, where got repeat n repeat? I oso keep repeating esp when I jus want to hv a quick meal! Mayb i shld have another label for Express Meals! Keke! Kimi, he not interested in food.. his taste buds like his papa - safe & boring but don know lucky or unlucky cos its as sharp as mine. :(

Lazyg3r said...

looks good! tona, where do you get the beef stock cube? i couldnt find them in any of the usual supermart i frequent.

tona-mama said...

Judy, I got it from NTUC at my pl leh. It's Knorr Brand. One and only one that is Beef leh..Actually I prefer Maggi but don hv. Want me get for you?I can pass you cos I go to PG every morn..sms me k?

Lazyg3r said...

Tona, thanks for offering your help. I managed to find them at Giant. Hardly seen them around. Hehe.

Erm.. what's lemon leaves? -_-"

tona-mama said...

Judy, lemon leaves are also called Kaffir lime leaves and it is a v fragrant lemony smell..I like to use lemon grass and lemon leaves tog, they compliment well! It's used in alot of Thai cooking. Here's a link to how it looks, can get from Giant or wet mkt.
http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Citr_hys.html

http://www.thaitable.com/Thai/Ingredients/kaffir_lime_leaves.htm

Lazyg3r said...

Tona,
I gathered lemon leaves are kaffir leaves and got them yday. I made the dish today. Nice! Malc likes it too. Thanks for sharing. =)

tona-mama said...

Judy, U so clever! So happy to hear that you like it and esp Malc!! When Kimi bigger I will also let him try! Now he cant chew meat in this way yet..but at least now he more open to textures, I so so happy!!

Lazyg3r said...

I used a pair of scissors to cut the meat into tiny pcs so that Malc can eat (faster). Glad that Kimi is now more adventurous. That means more yummies for him. Heh!

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