Thai Beef Noodle Soup

Beef noodle soup

 

 

 

 

Ingredients for broth:

10 Quarts Water

3 Large Shallots (peel the dry skin off)

6 Garlic Cloves

5 Star Anises

1 Tablespoon Salt

2 Tablespoon Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon MSG (Optional)

1/2 Teaspoon Black Peppercorn

1 Tablespoon of Dark Soy Sauce

1/2 Cup Oyster Sauce

1 Stalk of Celery (cut into 3 pieces)

1 Large Carrot (cut into 3 pieces)

3 to 4 Beef Bone Marrow

3 lbs Beef Shin (trim off the fat and cut into large-chunk / 3″ x 3″ cube)

Broth prep: In a large stock pot, boil water; add shallots, garlic, star anise, MSG, salt, sugar, dark soy sauce, celery, carrot and bring pot to a boil.  Add beef shin, and beef bone marrow, when water comes to a boil again add oyster sauce.  Let simmer for 2 to 3 hours or longer (medium / low heat).  Add water periodically if water gets too low in the pot.  When you’re ready to serve, remove oil / fat from the top of the pot.  Add meatball and let it cook for about 15 minutes.  Turn-off stove and add 1 tablespoon of fried garlic to the pot.  Note: The broth should come close to the very top of the pot. (Your stock pot should at least fit 12 quarts.)

 Noodle prep: Soak noodle in cold water for about one hour in advance.  When ready to serve, set a pot of water to a boil.  Place noodle in strainer and dip into the boiling water for about 1 to 2 minutes.  Wait for the water to drip all out and place the noodle in a large soup bowl. (A pack of noodle serves about 3 to 4 people.)

 Vegetables to prep: Washed the vegetable thoroughly.

1 Bunch Scallion (Slice thinly)

1 Bunch Parsley (Loosely chopped)

6 Stalks of Celery (slice thinly)

2 to 3 lbs of Bean Sprout (washed and drained)

1 to 2 Lemons (cut lemons into small wedges)

1 Bunch of Thai Sweet Basil (loosely pinch the leaf off)

Fried – Garlic

1/3 cup extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup graded or minced garlic

Heat small sauce pan, add oil, and garlic.  Stir periodically and more often when the garlic starts to change color.  Turn off the stove when the garlic is lightly golden.  Remove from pot and place in a small bowl right away.  (It will burn if you leave it in the pot.)

How to serve:

In a large soup bowl, add noodle, top with beef, meatball, bean sprout, Thai sweet basil, celery, parsley, scallion and fried garlic and add broth.  We also add fish sauce, sugar, pepper and about 1/2  teaspoon lemon juice.  It should have a good blend of sweet and sour flavor.

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