For the Broth and Noodles:
-2 lbs beef bones (approximate)
-1 beef shank about 2lbs (approximate)
-1 pork feet (cut into small serving size pieces)
-1 piece of ginger about 3 inches long
-1 bunch lemongrass (6-7 stalks)
-small slice of pineapple (about 100-200g)
-4 tabs mắm ruốt (Belacan shrimp paste)
-1 small piece of rock sugar
-salt to taste
-rice vermicelli (“thick and fat” kind)
**Boil bones, pork feet, and beef shank for 10 mins., drain and wash before using to make broth. Boil together bones, beef shank, and pork feet with enough water to make broth. Crush lemongrass, tie into a bundle and add to broth. Grill ginger and shallots, crush and add to broth along with pineapple. Mix shrimp paste with a bowl of water and let sit for a few hours, remove the clear liquid on top (to be added to broth later). Remove beef shank and pork feet when they are chopstick tender (can be easily pierced with a chopstick). Add sugar, shrimp paste liquid, and salt to taste. Add meat balls (recipe follows) to cook in broth remove a few mins after they float to the surface of the broth. Add a couple tabs of spiced pepper oil for color (recipe follows). Boil noodles until tender drain before serving.
-Beef shank: from making broth, sliced thinly
-Pork feet from broth
-Fresh Shrimp Paste (recipe follows) sliced thinly
-Chi Huế Style Meat Balls (cooked in broth, recipe follows)
-Blood Jelly, cubed and cooked separately
-Ngò Gai (saw tooth herb)
-Rau Răm (Laksa Leaves)
-1 large onion
*Wash herbs and chop finely. Slice onion into thin slices.
Lay noodles in a bowl, add meat choices, add onions, and ladle on the hot broth finish of with garnishing herbs. Serve with fresh herbs and shredded veggies. Condiments include spiced pepper oil, lime, fish sauce, and fresh chilies.
-Shredded Banana Flower
-shredded rau muống (ong choy) or celery
-Fresh herbs (General)
-lime, fresh chilies
Chả Tôm (Huế Style Fresh Shrimp Paste):
*Measure by Volume
-1lb shrimp (peeled and cleaned)
-3 cloves of garlic
-3 tabs fish sauce
**Chop garlic and scallion, add to shrimp along with fish sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Grind into a smooth paste. Steam or cook shrimp paste in broth until done.
Chả Huế (Huế Style Meatballs):
-1lb ground pork
-3 cloves of garlic
-1 tsp fish sauce
-2 tabs sugar
-1 tsp salt
-2 tabs potato starch
*Chop garlic and scallion. Mix everything together and freeze until nearly but not frozen (this will help make the meatballs bouncy). After freezing, process the mixture in a meat processor into a smooth paste (as quick as possible “refreeze” if necessary). Add rounded tablespoons of meat paste into broth and remove a few mins. after they float to the surface of the broth.
-1/2 cup oil
-1/2 cup lemongrass finely chopped
-pepper flakes or powder (as just too desired level of spiciness)
-1/2 garlic finely chopped
-3 tbs annatto seeds
-2 tsp mắm ruốt
*Fry annatto seeds in oil to obtain rich orange color, remove seeds; add garlic and lemongrass, stir fry until fragrant, add pepper and shrimp paste, mix well. Add a few tbs of this oil to the broth for color, use the rest as a condiment for anyone who likes the noodles spiced up a bit.