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From-Scratch Beef Pho

Viet Hapa Pho

Don’t be intimidated by a recipe for from-scratch Pho—once you’ve nailed making the rich beef broth, the rest of the ingredients are easy add-ins like rice noodles, crisp bean sprouts, and Thai basil.

What You’ll Need

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  • medium yellow onions, halved  ( 2 )
  • 4-inch piece of ginger, quartered  ( 1 )
  • beef bones  ( 6 pounds )
  • oxtail  ( 1 pound )
  • water  ( 5 quarts )
  • fish sauce  ( 1/2 cup )
  • bay leaves  ( 2 )
  • cinnamon stick  ( 1 )
  • black peppercorns  ( 1 tablespoon )
  • star anise  ( 3 pieces )
  • cloves, whole  ( 6 )
  • brown sugar  ( 2 tablespoons )
  • Salt and pepper 
  • packet rice sticks (pho noodles)  ( 1 )
  • beef tenderloin, thinly sliced  ( 1/2 pound )
  • bean sprouts 
  • cilantro 
  • lime wedges 
  • Thai basil 
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