Quick Pork Pho

This Quick Pork Pho takes just a few spices (and a cool skillet move) turn store-bought broth into something deeply satisfying.

INGREDIENTS

  • Quick Pork Pho1 medium onion, peeled, halved through root end
  • 2 chiles de árbol or ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 1” piece ginger, peeled, crushed
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 bone-in pork shoulder steaks (about 12 oz. each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces thin rice stick noodles
  • Mung bean sprouts, fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems, thinly sliced scallions, chopped unsalted, roasted peanuts, and lime wedges (for serving)

PREPARATION

1. Heat a dry large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Cook onion, cut side down, until lightly charred, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate.

2. Add chiles (if using crushed red pepper flakes, add with fennel seeds), garlic, cinnamon stick, and star anise to skillet and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add fennel seeds and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds (do not burn). Quickly transfer to a large saucepan (reserve skillet) and add onion, ginger, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until broth is flavorful.

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in reserved skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing.

4. Cook noodles according to package directions. Divide among bowls; add pork. Strain broth and ladle into bowls. Top pho with bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions, and peanuts and serve with lime wedges.

Recipe and photo from www.BonAppetit.com