•1 teaspoon vegetable oil
•1/2 small onion
•4 garlic cloves, crushed
•1 3x1" piece peeled ginger
•2 1/2 cups low-salt beef broth
•1 whole star anise
•1 3"–4" cinnamon stick
•4 ounces (2 cups) mixed mushrooms (such as oyster or stemmed shiitake), thinly sliced or torn
•1 scallion, thinly sliced
•2 packages instant ramen (preferably not fried; noodles only)
•1 1/4–1/2-pound piece beef eye round, sliced crosswise 1/8" thick
•Bean sprouts, basil leaves, and thinly sliced serrano chiles
•Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion, cut side down, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is golden, 3–4 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water, broth, star anise, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until flavors meld, 7–8 minutes. Add mushrooms; simmer 2 minutes. Add scallion. Season with salt.
•Meanwhile, boil ramen until tender but still firm to bite. Drain; divide among bowls.
•Add beef slices to soup; simmer until just cooked through, about 20 seconds. Using tongs, transfer beef to bowls.
•Discard ginger, garlic, star anise, and cinnamon; ladle broth into bowls. Garnish with bean sprouts, basil, and sliced chiles. Image: http://www.bonappetit.com/images/magazine/2011/12/Faux-Pho-646.jpg try veg stock and shrimp instead of beef
This post was edited on 1/9 at 10:27 am