Vietnamese is such a delicious cuisine, and very healthy too. This
recipe is a bit of luxury, but we all deserve that! When cooking the
steak, you need to be confident with the heat when you sear it, and
then let it rest properly. That way, you can have melt-in-the-mouth
rare beef with no blood. It’s a treat, but a worthy one.
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You Will Need
To prepare the steak, season it well with salt on both sides.
Heat a ridged griddle pan until very hot and sear the steak for
approximately 4 minutes on each side. The trick is to see when it
begins to sweat; that’s your cue to flip it over. Once the steak has
seared, add a knob of butter to the pan and take it off the heat.
Spoon the butter over the steak and allow it to rest while you
prepare the rest of the pho.
Heat the chicken stock with the star anise, cinnamon, lemongrass
and ginger. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and
cook gently for 20 minutes or so. Remove the whole spices from
the stock and add the fish sauce. Add the pak choi and simmer for
2 minutes in the stock.
Slice the steak into thin strips. Divide among the serving bowls,
then add the pak choi and tat soi. Ladle over the hot stock
and scatter with the chilli, spring onions, lime basil leaves and
beansprouts. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over.