After a pretty heavy snowfall last week, I’ve been craving soup. Lots of soup. My favorite soup on a cold and winter day is one with a flavorful broth. Something about a broth soup just feels so comforting, cleansing, and just healthier. This Asian Beef Noodle Soup is one I made recently and it reminded me of the Vietnamese soup known as ‘pho.’ Hearty rice noodles swim in a flavorful beef broth with thin slices of beef and fresh cilantro, giving it the perfect Asian twist to a beef noodle soup…
I actually made this recipe a couple of times in the past month. The recipe below uses beef sirloin which is fairly easy to find at local supermarket chains. Another time, I made this with beef oxtails – a more unique cut of beef that you might be able to find or perhaps order from your butcher. I happen to enjoy oxtails and when I used it in this recipe in place of the sirloin, I found it had much more beef flavor. To use with oxtails, season about 3-4 pounds of oxtails with salt and pepper. Place them in a crockpot and add enough water just to cover the oxtails. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or just until the meat falls off the bone. Allow the oxtails to cool enough to handle by hand. Use the beef stock in place of the broth in the recipe below and use the meat from the oxtail in place of the sirloin. It really was amazing and I imagine the soup would work well with other kinds of beef cuts.
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