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1 small onion, chopped
1 2-inch stick of ginger
12 cups water
1 teaspoon sugar
3 scallions, thinly sliced
Hot Chile sauce
Broil onion and ginger until they look burned. Using back of knife, smash the ginger and set aside.
Wash beef bones, place in a large soup pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and immediately pour off this "first boiling" water and discard.
Add another 12 cups of fresh water and again bring to a boil. Skim off foam. Add the broiled onion and ginger, star anise, salt and sugar. Over medium-low heat, simmer for 30 minutes.
Slice raw beef into thin strips and set aside.
Remove bones from broth and strain out vegetables and seasonings.
Soak noodles in cold water for 10 minutes. Drain.
In a soup pot bring two quarts fresh water to a boil. Add drained noodles and cook seven minutes at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally until noodles are tender. Rinse noodles under cold running water and set aside.
Return the broth to a boil over high heat.