Cozy up with this simple, delicious Vietnamese pho

Ginger, five-spice powder and fish sauce produce a warm and flavorful one-dish meal in 15 minutes.

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t Pho is a type of Vietnamese soup typically made from beef stock and spices with noodles and thinly sliced beef.

t Warm and bursting with flavor, pho is a fall and winter staple in our home. And since the nearest Vietnamese restaurant is 45 minutes away, matters often have to be taken into our own hands.

t Luckily, I’ve watched my sister-in-law, Tiffany, a Vietnamese pho expert, work her way around a kitchen. My version might not be quite as authentic, but it’s simple, delicious and is gobbled up quick.

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t While your broth and spices are melding together, chop cabbage and thinly sliced beef. Chicken and tofu are both nice substitutions.

t As is authentically Vietnamese, the pho is poured over dry noodles just before serving.

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t Simple Vietnamese pho with beef

t Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chicken broth
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  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
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  • 2 teaspoons garlic
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  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
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  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
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  • 1 small flank steak (about a pound), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch pieces
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  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, sliced thin crosswise (about 3 cups)
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  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
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  • 1 cup bean sprouts
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  • 1 package rice noodles

t Directions:

t Step 1: Bring broth, ginger, garlic, fish sauce and 5-spice powder to boil in a pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors meld, about 10 minutes.

t Step 2: Add beef and cabbage and simmer until cabbage is wilted and beef is cooked through, about 2 minutes.

t Step 3: Pour pho over rice noodles. Add cilantro and bean sprouts. Serve.

t th??ng th?c! (That’s “enjoy” in Vietnamese.)

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