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Vietnamese Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue) Recipe (with Video)

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Discover our Vietnamese Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue) Recipe, a International recipe perfect as a soup recipe. Download the Flavrs app for 1000+ free food videos and recipes!

Serving size
6

Prep 1h | Cook 2h

Ingredients

Soup
- 2 lb pork bones
- 1.5 lb beef shank
- 1 White onion
- 4 stalks Lemongrass, cleaned, bruised, cut into 6" pieces
- 12 cups water
- 1 tbsp Salt
- 1 rock sugar
Soup Seasoning
- 2 tbsp Mam Ruoc (fermented shrimp paste)
- 1.5 cups Warm water
- 2 tbsp Fish sauce
- 2 tbsp chicken powder
Saute/Chili Sauce
- 1 large shallot
- 6 cloves Garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp Lemongrass, minced
- 0.5 cup Cooking oil
- 2 tbsp annatto seeds
- 2 tbsp Fish sauce
- 0.5 tbsp Sugar
- 4 tbsp Bun Bo Hue seasoning (Gia Vi Bun Bo Hue)
To Serve
- thick vermicelli noodles
- Vietnamese coriander (rau ram)
- white/purple onion
- Vietnamese pork ham (cha lua)
- boiled pork knuckles
- beansprouts
- Lime
- fish sauce + Thai pepper chili dip
- shredded cabbage / shredded banana flower
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Directions

For the soup
1. In a large pot, combine all the ingredients listed “for the soup” and allow to reach a boil before lowering to a simmer.
2. Remove any impurities from the soup and allow to simmer for 2 hours.
3. Continue to add boiling water to the pot if the liquid reduces.
Preparing the shrimp paste
1. While waiting for the soup to cook, in a small bowl, add 2 tbsp Mam Ruoc/fermented shrimp paste with 1.5 cups of warm water.
2. We will let this sit so that the water and shrimp paste separate.
For the saute/chili sauce
1. In a small pan, add 1/2 cup of cooking oil and 2 tbsp of annatto seeds over medium high heat.
2. After 2-3 minutes, the color from the annatto seeds will release into the oil.
3. Using a mesh strainer, discard the seeds but keep the red oil.
4. Once the seeds are removed, add the minced shallot, minced garlic, and minced lemongrass to saute for 1 minute.
5. Add the 4 tbsp of Bun Bo Hue seasonings, fish sauce, and sugar.
6. Gently stir to combine until it becomes a paste-like consistency.
7. Taste and adjust as needed.
8. Turn off the heat.
Finalizing the soup
1. After 2 hours of cooking, we want to take out the beef shank and allow to cool in an ice water bucket to cool down.
2. Using a mesh strainer, remove the pork bones, lemongrass, and white onion - discard this.
3. Add half of the saute/chili sauce to the broth - this will help add the famous Bun Bo Hue color.
4. Gently add the Mam Ruoc mixture - just the top clearer, separated part of the liquid (not the bottom).
5. Add the remainder of the seasonings: 2 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp chicken powder.
6. Taste and adjust to your liking (more sugar, more fish sauce, more chicken powder).
Preparing the meat
1. Pat dry the cooked beef shank and slice into thin pieces.
2. Same for the Vietnamese pork ham (cha lua).
Preparing the noodles
1. Cook the noodles according to package instructions.
Assembling the bowls
1. Start assembling your bowls: add vermicelli noodles, sliced beef shank, sliced Vietnamese pork ham (cha lua), boiled pork knuckles, sliced white/purple onion, sliced Vietnamese coriander (rau ram).
2. Ladle on the broth.
3. Serve with side of fresh herbs/vegetables, lime, and Thai pepper + fish sauce dip.

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