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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

by Claire Nolan

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 2 lb
    beef shank (905 g)
  • 6 scallions, halved, divided
  • 8 slices ginger, divided
  • 6 pieces star anise, divided
  • ½ cup
    vegetable oil (120 g)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 red chillis, halved
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon
    rock sugar
  • 3 tablespoons
    spicy bean paste, or regular bean paste
  • ½ cup
    dark soy sauce (120 mL)
  • ½ cup
    rice wine (120 mL)
  • ½ cup
    light soy sauce (120 mL)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon
    white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt
  • 5 leaves bay leaf
  • 2 bundles flour noodle
  • 2 cups
    bok choy (50 g)

For Garnish

  • red chilli, finely diced
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • scallion, sliced

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Preparation

  1. Fill a large pot with about 6 quarts (5 ½ L) of water and add beef, 3 scallions, 5 slices of ginger, and 3 pieces of star anise. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, and cook for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the meat, rinse in cold water, and cut into thick slices. Discard the water in the pot.
  3. In a wok or large pan over medium high heat, pour in the vegetable oil and add the remaining 3 scallions, 3 ginger slices, garlic, red chilies, remaining 3 pieces of star anise, onion, rock sugar, and spicy bean paste. Cook until the onions start to become translucent.
  4. Add the sliced beef.
  5. Add the dark soy sauce, for color, stir, then add the rice wine. Pour in the light soy sauce, for flavor, then add the tomatoes. Stir fry for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Fill the same large pot about a quarter of the way with water and heat over medium-high heat. Add the stir-fried meat, vegetables, and cooking liquid.
  7. Add more water until the meat is just covered, then add the white pepper, salt, and bay leaves. Cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 2 hours, until the meat becomes tender. Remove bay leaves and star anise before serving.
  8. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat and cook the flour noodles according to the package instructions. Remove the noodles from the water.
  9. Add the bok choy. Boil for 3 minutes, then remove.
  10. To assemble the soup, place a generous amount of noodles in the bottom of a bowl. Then add bok choy, meat, and broth. Garnish with scallions, cilantro, and red chilies.
  11. Enjoy!
 

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