Vietnamese Beef Stew

How many people with the last name Nguyen do you know? My new friends are the 5th, so I think it's about time I learn to say their last name properly! It is one syllable. And you say it like a question: Nywhen? The soup these two brothers taught me in their apartment in Portland, Maine, is such a welcome recipe as we head into winter... Click at right for the story, how-to-photos and the recipe. Thanks, Quang and Minh!

Photo: Margot Roy