We experimented with different types of drinks for making Cowboys, while changing Baileys present no problems as many producers have a liquor that is similar, Butterscotch Schnapps has a taste all of it's own, but there are different flavours in Schnapps so you can try any flavour, there is an orange flavour that does work, also Medori works well with Baileys, you will have to try different alcohols with the Baileys to see what goes together, the main objective is balance and flavour when they do mix in the mouth, you don't want one to overpower the other, thats why the original recipe works.
Here is simple dish full of flavour, where it asks for beef fillet slightly frozen so you can cut it thin, I go to Asian supermarkets, look in the frozen sections they have beef thinly sliced already packed ready to use, thinner than you could do at home, as the beef is cooked as the hot soup is poured over.
200g of rice noodles sticks
1.5 litres of beef stock ( shop bought is fine, as is salt reduced )
1 star anise
4cm piece of fresh ginger sliced, doesn't need peeling
2 pig trotters cut in half by the butcher
1/2 an onion studded with two cloves
2 stems of lemon grass pounded
2 cloves of garlic pounded
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbs fish sauce
400g beef fillet
90g bean sprouts
2 spring onions finely chopped
25g fresh coriander chopped
25 g vietnamese mint fresh chopped ( or normal mint)
1 fresh red chilli sliced
fresh red chillies extra to serve, as well as coriander, 2 limes, cut into quarters and fish sauce
Soak noodles in boiling water for 10-15 minutes drain
Bring the stock, star anise, ginger, trotters, onion, lemon grass, garlic and white pepper to the boil in a large saucepan.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Strain, return to pan and add fish sauce.
Divide noodles amongst bowls, then top with beef, sprouts, spring onion, coriander, mint and chilli, ladle over hot broth.
Place extra chilli, mint coriander and fish sauce in small bowls on a platter, serve with the soup and allow your guest to help themselves to extra garnishes if they like.
For those who like chewing on pig trotters, keep them to chew on later.