Tingle your guests' senses by serving a bowl of fragrant beef noodle soup. Made with selected herbs and spices, let this soup excite the child within.

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1/2 kg MONTEREY BEEF SIRLOIN, sliced thinly
3 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
3 tbsp lemon or lime juice
1-1/2 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp corn oil
20 grams flat rice noodles
6 cups beef stock
1/4 cup fish sauce (patis)
1 tbsp crushed ginger
1 tbsp crushed garlic
6 stalks spring onions, cut into 1/2” length
3 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
1 cup finely shredded Chinese cabbage
1/4 cup coarsely chopped mint
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
1 pc lemon or lime, cut into 6 wedges
mint and cilantro for garnish
1/3 cup fish sauce (patis)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
1 pc small carrot, thinly sliced


1.      Mix all marinade ingredients together in a stainless steel bowl. Marinate beef for 1 to 2 hours inside the refrigerator. Drain and set aside. Discard marinade.

2.      Drop rice noodles into a large pot of boiling water over high heat. Cook for 1 minute in boiling water. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

3.      In a saucepot, combine beef stock, fish sauce, ginger and garlic. Bring to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover and keep warm.

4.      Combine ingredients for chili sauce and mix well. Set aside.

5.      Bring soup to a boil before serving. Remove ginger and add spring onions. Season with fish sauce if desired. Arrange rice noodles, top with beef, bean sprouts and Chinese cabbage. Pour in broth and top with spring onions. Garnish with mint, cilantro, peanuts and lemon wedges. Spoon a little of chili sauce to taste.


Makes 4 to 5 servings.


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