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Fragrant broth with fresh rice noodle rolls

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for fragrant broth with fresh rice noodle rolls.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 45 mins preparation
  • 5 hrs 15 mins cooking plus chilling
  • Serves 16
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Fragrant broth with fresh rice noodle rolls
You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 3 kg fresh rice noodle rolls (see note)
  • To serve: coriander, bean sprouts and thinly sliced spring onions, red chilli and shallots
Fragrant broth
  • 3 kg beef ribs
  • 250 ml light soy sauce, plus extra to serve (1 cup)
  • 130 gm piece of ginger, thickly sliced, plus 30gm extra, cut into julienne
  • 85 gm galangal, thinly sliced
  • 85 gm tamarind
  • 50 gm light palm sugar, shaved
  • 6 garlic cloves, bruised
  • 4 small dried red chillies, split
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, thickly sliced
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground white pepper


  • 1
    For fragrant broth, preheat oven to 200C. Place ribs in a roasting pan and roast, draining rendered fat occasionally, until ribs are deep golden (2 hours). Drain fat, transfer ribs to a stockpot over high heat, add remaining ingredients (except julienne ginger) and 4½ litres water, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until well-flavoured (2-3 hours). Refrigerate for flavours to develop (overnight). Skim fat from broth, strain through a fine sieve into a large saucepan, bring to the boil over medium-high heat, add julienne ginger and keep warm.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, steam rice noodle rolls in a bamboo steamer lined with baking paper over simmering water in batches until warmed through (2-4 minutes). Divide noodle rolls among bowls, spoon broth over, top with coriander, bean sprouts, spring onions, chilli and shallots and serve.


Note Fresh rice noodle rolls are available from Asian grocers; they can be bought up to two days before you use them, but don't refrigerate them as this will ruin their texture.
Drink Suggestion: Nutty amontillado Sherry. Drink suggestion by Max Allen