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Charring The Vegetables And Finishing The Pho


  • 2 onions, unpeeled, halved and studded with cloves
  • 3 shallots unpeeled
  • 4 ounces whole fresh ginger, unpeeled
  • 8 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 medium parsnips cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Salt
  • 1 pound tripe and tendons
  • 1/2 pound flank steak
  • 1/2 pound beef brisket


  • Char the onions, shallots, and ginger, directly over a gas burner or under the broiler, about 5 to 6 minutes. Tie the charred vegetables, star anise, garlic cloves, and cinnamon stick in a damped cheesecloth. Add the spice bag and parsnips to the simmering broth. Season the broth with salt and pepper. Simmer the liquid for 1 hour. Add the tripe and tendons to the broth and simmer uncovered for 5 hours. Two hours after adding the tripe, add the flank steak and brisket.