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Pho Sa Te

Pho Sa Te - Not Just a Regular Pho

Hey there, foodies! Today’s menu features a culinary adventure that’s been a labor of love: Pho Sa Te. Let me tell you, the making of this recipe plus the video took me a whole day to put together. And I totally get why people don’t make Pho at home. I mean, imagine spending half a day wrestling with bones and spices in your kitchen, just to get a bowl of soup. When you could stroll down the street, and there it is, hot and ready. 

But you know what? Even though it takes a long time to make Pho, trust me when I say the result is worth every minute of effort. It’s not just about the time spent; it’s about the quality that goes into every single bowl of Pho. 

This recipe is not like your regular pho, it’s called Pho Sa Te. This is hands down a hidden gem. Pho Sa Te takes the classic flavors of traditional Pho and turns up the heat with a blend of spices and aromatics. It’s like regular Pho’s cousin that’s here to spice up your taste buds in the best way possible.

I know what you might be thinking – “Pho Sa Te? Never heard of it.”

You’re not alone. While it might not be as well-known here in the US, let me assure you, once you taste it, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.

Sa Te, also known as Sate or Satay, is indeed a staple in Vietnamese cooking, adding depth, flavor, and a delightful kick to many dishes. This versatile sauce has its roots in Southeast Asian cuisine and has been adapted and incorporated into various Vietnamese recipes, adding a unique twist to traditional flavors.

Sa Te Sauce

At its core, Sa Te typically consists of a harmonious blend of aromatic spices, herbs, and chili peppers, all coming together to create a rich and complex flavor profile. While the exact ingredients can vary from region to region and from one cook to another, common components often include garlic, shallots, lemongrass, ginger, and of course, fiery chili peppers.

You can make this at home, but I know not everyone has the time. So, here are my favorite Sa Te sauces that you can buy online:

So, put on your apron, because we’re about to dive into the art of homemade Pho. Let’s get cooking! 🍲✨

What you need

For the Broth

– Ginger, charred

– White onion, charred

– Shallot, charred

– Pho spices (Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Coriander Seed, Cinnamon, Clove, Frctus Amoni)

– Bone marrow

– Rock sugar

– Salt

– Water

For Serving

– Beef sirloin (your choice of cut)

– Pho noodles

– Green onion

– Thai basil

– Onion, sliced

– Jalapeño pepper

– Bean sprouts

– Cilantro

– Black pepper

For the Sauce

– Garlic, minced

– Shallot, minced

– Lemongrass, minced

– Fresno peppers, minced

– Cooking oil

– Almond/Peanut butter

Equipment

– Instant Pot

– 5 qt pot

Sa Te Sauce
Sa Te Sauce
Sa Te Sauce
Sa Te Sauce

Pho Sa Te Recipe Instructions

  • Prepare the Broth:
      1. Begin by charring the ginger, white onion, and shallot over an open flame or under the broiler until they are nicely charred.
      2. In a frying pan over medium heat, toast the spices (Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Coriander Seed, Cinnamon, Clove, Frctus Amoni) for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until they become fragrant and slightly darker in color. 
      3. Blanch bone marrow for 5 minutes before adding it to the broth to remove impurities and ensure a cleaner broth.
      4. In your 5 qt pot or Instant Pot, add the charred ginger, onion, and shallot along with the Pho spices, bone marrow, rock sugar, salt, and water.
      5. If using an Instant Pot, set it to high pressure and cook for 60 minutes. For the stovetop, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
      6. After cooking the bones and spices in the Instant Pot, transfer them to a stove-top pot and bring them to a gentle simmer. Allow it to simmer uncovered for an additional hour, skimming off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface periodically. This extra simmering time will further enhance the flavor of the broth, resulting in a richer and more robust Pho Sa Te experience.
  • Make Sa Te Sauce:
      1. Simply sauté minced garlic, shallot, lemongrass, and Fresno peppers in cooking oil until fragrant.
      2. Stir in almond or peanut butter until smooth and well combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Assemble the Pho Sa Te:
    1. Once the broth is ready, strain it to remove the solids and return it to the pot. Taste and adjust the seasoning (salt, sugar) if needed.
    2. Cook the Pho noodles according to the package instructions.
    3. Arrange the sliced beef sirloin on top of the noodles, followed by the sliced onion, and bean sprouts.
    4. Ladle the hot broth over the ingredients, ensuring that the beef is submerged to cook it slightly.
    5. Serve the Pho hot, accompanied by the Sa Te sauce, Thai basil, green onion,  jalapeño, and cilantro on the side. Don’t forget a dash of black pepper for an extra flavor boost!
Pho Sa Te

Where do you find Pho noodles (banh pho)? 

You can typically find banh pho, or Pho noodles, in the Asian section of most well-stocked supermarkets or at Asian grocery stores. They’re often sold dried, and packaged in plastic bags. You can find them online at Amazon. Here are the links:

Tips and tricks to make a perfect Pho Sa Te

  1. Don’t wash the ginger before charring: Washing the ginger can introduce moisture, which can hinder the charring process. By keeping the ginger unwashed, you allow it to char more evenly and develop a deeper flavor as the sugars caramelize during charring.
  2. Blanch the bone marrow with salt: Blanching the bone marrow with salt helps to remove impurities and any lingering blood, resulting in a cleaner and more delicate flavor in the broth. It also helps to ensure that the bone marrow contributes to the richness of the broth without overpowering it with any unwanted flavors.
  3. Simmer the broth on low heat, uncovered: Simmering the broth on low heat without a lid allows for evaporation, which helps to concentrate the flavors and create a more robust broth. Additionally, simmering uncovered on low heat helps to prevent the broth from becoming cloudy, resulting in a clearer and more visually appealing final dish.
  4. Use rock sugar and add it along with salt before cooking in the Instant Pot: Adding sugar cracks (rock sugar) to the Instant Pot along with salt before cooking helps to balance the flavors of the broth. Rock sugar is a natural sweetener. Unlike refined white sugar, which undergoes extensive processing and bleaching, rock sugar retains more of its natural molasses content, resulting in a slightly caramelized flavor and a subtle hint of richness The slight sweetness from the sugar enhances the depth of flavor in the broth, while also helping to mellow out any bitterness from the charred ingredients.
Pho Sa Te

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Pho Sa Te

Pho Sa te

This recipe is not like your regular pho, it's called Pho Sa Te. This is hands down a hidden gem. Pho Sa Te takes the classic flavors of traditional Pho and turns up the heat with a blend of spices and aromatics. It's like regular Pho's cousin that's here to spice up your taste buds in the best way possible.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Dinner, Lunch, Noodles
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Instant pot
  • 5 qt pot

Ingredients
  

For the Broth

  • Ginger charred
  • White onion charred
  • Shallot charred
  • Pho spices Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Coriander Seed, Cinnamon, Clove, Frctus Amoni
  • Bone marrow
  • Rock sugar
  • Salt
  • Water

For Serving

  • Beef sirloin your choice of cut
  • Pho noodles
  • Green onion
  • Thai basil
  • Onion sliced
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Bean sprouts
  • Cilantro
  • Black pepper

For the Sauce

  • Garlic minced
  • Shallot minced
  • Lemongrass minced
  • Fresno peppers minced
  • Cooking oil
  • Almond/Peanut butter

Instructions
 

Prepare the Broth:

  • Begin by charring the ginger, white onion, and shallot over an open flame or under the broiler until they are nicely charred.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, toast the spices (Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Coriander Seed, Cinnamon, Clove, Frctus Amoni) for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until they become fragrant and slightly darker in color.
  • Blanch bone marrow for 5 minutes before adding it to the broth to remove impurities and ensure a cleaner broth.
  • In your 5 qt pot or Instant Pot, add the charred ginger, onion, and shallot along with the Pho spices, bone marrow, rock sugar, salt, and water.
  • If using an Instant Pot, set it to high pressure and cook for 60 minutes. For the stovetop, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • After cooking the bones and spices in the Instant Pot, transfer them to a stove-top pot and bring them to a gentle simmer. Allow it to simmer uncovered for an additional hour, skimming off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface periodically. This extra simmering time will further enhance the flavor of the broth, resulting in a richer and more robust broth.

Make Sa Te Sauce:

  • Simply sauté minced garlic, shallot, lemongrass, and Fresno peppers in cooking oil until fragrant.
  • Stir in almond or peanut butter until smooth and well combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Assemble the Pho Sa Te:

  • Once the broth is ready, strain it to remove the solids and return it to the pot. Taste and adjust the seasoning (salt, sugar) if needed.
  • Cook the Pho noodles according to the package instructions.
  • Arrange the sliced beef sirloin on top of the noodles, followed by the sliced onion, and bean sprouts.
  • Ladle the hot broth over the ingredients, ensuring that the beef is submerged to cook it slightly.
  • Serve the Pho hot, accompanied by the Sa Te sauce, Thai basil, green onion, jalapeño, and cilantro on the side. Don't forget a dash of black pepper for an extra flavor boost!

Video

Notes

Tips and tricks to make a perfect Pho Sa Te

  • Don't wash the ginger before charring
  • Blanch the bone marrow with salt
  • Simmer the broth on low heat, uncovered
  • Use rock sugar and add it along with salt before cooking in the Instant Pot
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