Sunday, November 10, 2013

Faux Pho Tacos

I wanted to do tacos but with a not so typical flair. For some reason Vietnamese Pho jumped into my head. I figured I could slow cook the beef with the Pho-type seasonings and shred it up and make Pho Tacos!

1lb beef roast(cut of your choice)
1 cup beef broth(if you can get/make oxtail broth that is a GREAT way to make it even more Pho Authentic)
1 onion, peeled and chopped roughly
2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
1 TB coriander seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1-3 inch stick cinnamon( or 1/2 tsp ground)
5 whole cloves(or 1/2 tsp ground)
3 star anise (1 tsp ground)
2 TB fish sauce*
* soy sauce is an acceptable substitute, but fish sauce if you have it!

Heat broiler to high and on a small sheet char your ginger and onion. It should be nicely toasted.

Combine all the above ingredients in a slow cooker , cook on low 6-8 or high 4-6 until the meat is a minimum of 165.

Remove meat from cooker

Shred well when cool enough to handle.

Strain out the solids from the liquid in the slow cooker....

return shredded meat to the liquid and simmer 30 minutes more.

Scoop meat into taco shells(store bought, or homemade) as desired and top with preferred toppings:

Bean Sprouts
Chile Peppers of choice(thai, jalapenos, serranos....etc)
Sriracha Sauce
Hosin Sauce
Fresh Lime
Green Onions

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