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Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Beef and Vegetables.Yield: 4 to 6 servings. Pho Xao
Fresh rice noodles are used for this dish, but 1 pound of dried rice sticks (banh pho) may be substituted. Toss the noodles with some oil just after boiling to prevent sticking, and then stir-fry as directed in the recipe.
Ideally, to sear both the noodles and the beef, a heavy cast-iron skillet should be used. Cast iron sears extremely well when hot, but it has to be smoking hot before the food is added. Be sure the ventilation fan is on.
Bok choy may be replaced by Chinese broccoli, cut into 2-inch sections, or simply used fresh spinach.
Ingredients: 1 recipe rice-noodle crepes (banh uot, page 224), or 2 pounds commercial fresh flat rice noodle sheets Nuoc Cham (page 212) 8 ounces beef chuck or rump roast 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce) 1/4 teaspoon sugar Freshly ground black pepper 1 medium onion, cut into eighths and separated into segments 4 large bok choy leaves, cut into 2 by 1-inch strips 4 ounces snow peas, trimmed 1 medium tomato cut into 8 wedges 2 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch sections 1 tablespoon soy sauce 3 tablespoons oyster sauce 5 tablespoons peanut oil 8 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons) Fresh coriander sprigs, for garnish Fresh red chile peppers, thinly sliced
If preparing your own fresh rice-noodle sheets, proceed as instructed. Cut the sheets into 3/4 inch-wide strips. Set aside. Prepare the Nuoc Cham. Set aside. Slice the beef across the grain as thin as possible. Cut the slices into 2-by-1 inch strips. Combine the beef with 2 teaspoons of the fish sauce, the sugar and pepper to taste. Set aside. Arrange the vegetables on a large platter to facilitate stir-frying. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon fish sauce, the soy sauce and the oyster sauce in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat a wok or large cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking hot. Add 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil and half of the garlic; sit-fry until fragrant. Add the noodles and toss quickly until heated through, about 1 minute. Transfer the noodles to a large platter, keep warm. In the following step it is very important that while sauting the beef the heat be kept very high. Tilt the wok frequently into the area of highest heat to "flamb," or sear, the meat instantly, the smoker the beef, the better. If using an electric stove, turn the burner to the highest setting and saut the beef in two batches.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. When the oil is smoking, add the remaining garlic and stir-fry until aromatic. Add the beef and stir-fry for 30 seconds, until the beef is slightly pink. Remove the beef to a platter. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion and stir-fry until translucent and fragrant. Add the bok choy and snow peas and toss until tender but still crisp, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato, scallions and sauce mixture; toss well.
Return the beef and noodles to the wok. Stir to combine and coat the noodles and meat with the sauce. Transfer to a heated platter.
Garnish with coriander sprigs. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Serve, passing Nuoc Cham and chiles.
Note: If you are fortunate enough to find Chinese chive buds, cut them into 2-inch lengths, then add to the stir-fry for more authenticity.
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