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Fantastic Cheater's Pho

4 qts water
5-6 beef boullion cubes
2 tbsp ginger powder
3 tbsp garlic powder or 6 cloves, diced
1 tbsp onion salt
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp coriander
1/4 cup fish sauce
7 star anise
2 tbsp chili oil
1 tbsp dried lemongrass (optional)
2-3 lbs steak, sliced very thin
1 pkg (6.75 oz) thin maifun rice sticks
1 bunch fresh green onions, sliced very thin
1 red onion, halved and sliced
1 bunch fresh basil
1/2 lb fresh bean sprouts
2-3 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced very thin
1 bunch fresh cilantro
Sriracha hot chili sauce
Plum sauce

Assemble bean sprouts, fresh basil, fresh cilantro, 1/4 sliced red
onion, 1/2 quantity sliced green onion, and sliced jalapeno peppers
on large platter, to put in center of table. Cover and refrigerate.

Bringing water to a boil in 5-6 qt stockpot, add boullion, ginger,
garlic, onion salt, dried basil, cinnamon, black pepper, coriander,
fish sauce, star anise, chili oil, lemongrass, 3/4 sliced red onion,
1/2 quantity green onion. While broth is melding, chop raw steak
very VERY thin. When broth has boiled for 15 minutes, bring to a
rolling boil. Place (sliced) raw meat into bottom of large pho

Pour (boiling) broth over meat. Serve immediately, garnish with
vegetables, add sriracha and plum sauce to taste.


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