Whip up a faux pho at home, with this light and fragrant beef broth topped with noodles and sliced beef. The aromatic flavours come together to create a fresh take on soup – just right for the mild spring weather.
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oyster sauce(ContainsGluten, Molluscs)
kaffir lime leaves
soy sauce(ContainsGluten, Soy)
Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 the garlic, 1/2 the soy sauce, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper. Slice each beef rump in half to get 1 steak per person. Add the beef rump steaks to the garlic soy marinade and toss to coat. Set aside.
Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Finely chop the brown onion (see ingredients list). Finely grate the ginger. Cut the carrot (unpeeled) into 0.5cm half moons. Roughly chop the Asian greens.
In a large, deep frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat. When the oil is hot, add the beef rump and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on thickness), or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate to rest. TIP: This will give you a medium steak but cook for a little less if you like it rare, or a little longer for well done.
Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onion, ginger and the remaining garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until softened and fragrant. Add the warm water, carrot, oyster sauce (see ingredients list), any steak resting juices, the remaining soy sauce and crumble in the beef stock (1/2 cube for 2 people / 1 cube for 4 people). Add the kaffir lime leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the Asian greens and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until just tender.
While the broth is simmering, add the udon noodles (see ingredients list) to the saucepan of boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and refresh under cold water. Roughly chop the coriander.
Remove the kaffir lime leaves from the broth. Slice the beef. Divide the noodles between bowls and ladle over the broth. Top with the sliced beef and garnish with the coriander.