This recipe features the exotic spice, star anise. The combines oxtail, cinnamon, cloves, fish sauce, corranider, fresh lime and chiles to make a spicy hot soup.
Put ginger, shallots and onion on a baking sheet and place under a hot broiler until charred.
In a stock pot, bring the water, oxtails and beef shank to a boil. Thoroughly skim and discard the scum from the surface of the stock. Drop the charred ingredients, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves into pot, reduce to low heat; simmer for 2 hours. Remove the meat.
Remove and shred the meat from the shank and reserve. Return the bone to the simmering stock. Simmer 1 hour
longer. When soup is done, remove and discard bones. Strain and degrease stock; add fish sauce and salt.
Keep warm. In a separate pot, bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Drain noodles and add to boiling water; cook
for 1 minute. Drain in a colander.
Divide noodles among 8 soup bowls (about 1-to-2-cup-size bowls). Divide and top each bowl of noodles with shredded cooked beef, the raw sirloin steak slices, onion slices and bean sprouts. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups hot
soup stock (this will cook the beef) to cover the noodles and beef, top with fresh coriander and green
Serve with squeeze of lime and chiles.