This beef Pho recipe was amazing! I was a little lazy and decided instead of making my own beef broth, I'd just use beef bouillon with all the other ingredients: the star anise, cloves, cinnamon and onions. I also added carrots as well. I took everybody's advice to sweat the onions (and carrots) before adding them to the soup base, which was a great idea! Just makes all the aromatic smells and flavors come together.
However, even though the beef broth did work in a pinch, because I did not have enough time to start making it from scratch, using the beef knuckle an ox tail; I would definitely go ahead next time and try to make the beef broth from scratch, if I have enough time.
I am pretty much a novice in the kitchen, but this recipe was pretty easy and came out tasting pretty authentic. Well I guess as authentic as I can imagine since the only Pho I have had has been from Vietnamese restaurants in the States.
Anywho I garnished my Pho adding: udon noodles, cilantro, green onions, hard boiled eggs, sriracha, bean sprouts and limes.