TAIWANESE BEEF NOODLE SOUP RECIPE BY TASTY
Provided by: Claire Nolan
Yield: 6 servings
|6 qt water, plus more as needed|
|2 lb beef shank|
|6 scallions, halved crosswise, divided|
|8 slices fresh ginger, divided|
|6 pods star anise, divided|
|½ cup vegetable oil|
|6 cloves garlic|
|2 red chiles, halved lengthwise|
|1 medium white onion, sliced|
|1 piece rock sugar|
|3 tablespoons spicy bean paste, or regular bean paste|
|½ cup dark soy sauce|
|½ cup rice wine|
|½ cup light soy sauce|
|2 medium tomatoes, quartered|
|1 teaspoon white pepper|
|1 teaspoon salt|
|dried bay leaf|
|2 bundles flour noodle|
|2 cups bok choy|
|fresh cilantro, chopped|
|red chile, finely diced|
- Fill a large pot with about 6 quarts (5 ½ L) of water and add the beef shank, 3 scallions, 5 slices of ginger, and 3 star anise pods. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove the meat from the pot, rinse in cold water, and cut into thick slices. Discard the cooking liquid.
- In a wok or large pan over medium-high heat, pour in the vegetable oil and add the remaining 3 scallions, 3 ginger slices, the garlic, red chiles, remaining 3 star anise pods, the onion, rock sugar, and spicy bean paste. Cook until the onions start to become translucent.
- Add the sliced beef.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the bay leaves and star anise before serving.
- 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.
- Add the bok choy to the boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes, then remove.
- 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.
Calories 838 calories, CarbohydrateContent 74 grams, FatContent 31 grams, FiberContent 5 grams, ProteinContent 66 grams, SugarContent 13 grams
TAIWANESE BEEF NOODLE SOUP RECIPE – NYT COOKING
Provided by: J. Kenji López-Alt
Total time: 11 hours
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
|2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth|
|1 cup Shaoxing wine|
|3 tablespoons Chinese dark soy sauce or shoyu|
|3 tablespoons dark brown sugar|
|1 tablespoon doubanjiang (Sichuanese fermented chile bean paste; see Note)|
|1 (1/4-ounce) envelope unflavored powdered gelatin (about 2 1/2 teaspoons/7 grams)|
|3 pounds meaty, bone-in English-cut short ribs (about 4 large pieces)|
|1 tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola, rice bran or grapeseed|
|1 medium yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped|
|2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped|
|8 to 10 medium garlic cloves, unpeeled, smashed with the side of a cleaver or knife|
|1 (2-inch) knob fresh (unpeeled) ginger, sliced about 1/4-inch thick|
|3 scallions, trimmed and roughly chopped|
|3 small hot dried chiles, such as Sichuan heaven-facing, Thai bird or chiles de árbol, split open|
|1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick (optional; see Note)|
|2 whole star anise pods|
|2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds (optional; see Note)|
|2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds (optional; see Note)|
|2 teaspoons whole Sichuan peppercorns (optional; see Note)|
|2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns (optional; see Note)|
|2 dried bay leaves|
|2 tablespoons Chinese black or balsamic vinegar, plus more for serving|
|1 pound baby bok choy, halved lengthwise (or Chinese water spinach, Napa cabbage or other tender greens, cut into strips)|
|1 pound fresh Chinese egg noodles or wheat noodles|
|1/4 cup chopped preserved Chinese mustard greens (ya cai), mustard root (zha cai), suan cai (pickled cabbage) or plain old sauerkraut|
|1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems|
- Make the braising liquid: Combine chicken broth, wine, dark soy sauce, sugar and doubanjiang in a medium bowl or large liquid measure. Sprinkle gelatin over the top and set aside.
- Sear the beef: Season short ribs lightly with salt on all sides. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over high until shimmering. Working in batches if necessary, add short ribs in a single layer and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides, about 8 minutes, reducing heat if necessary if the oil smokes excessively. Transfer short ribs to a large plate and set aside. (Do not wash out the pot.)
- Add the aromatics: Add onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, scallions and dried chiles to the pot, season lightly with salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are starting to brown around the edges and the tomatoes are breaking down, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat if the bottom of the pot starts to blacken or smoke excessively.
- Bloom the spices: Add cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, Sichuan peppercorns and black peppercorns, and cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 1 minute.
- Stir the braising liquid to get the sugar off the bottom. (The hydrated gelatin will have formed a raft that will break up a little when you stir. It’s OK if it’s not dissolved at this point.) Pour the braising liquid into the pot, then scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
- Return the short ribs to the pot and add enough water to barely cover them (1 1/2 to 2 quarts). Add bay leaves, bring the liquid to a boil, adjust heat to maintain a bare simmer, and cover the pot with a lid, leaving it slightly cracked to allow steam to escape.
- Cook until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the meaty part of the largest short rib shows very little resistance but isn’t falling apart, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Using a spatula and tongs, carefully transfer the short ribs to a plate. Strain the braising liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a fresh pot. Discard the solids.
- Pick any stray spices or aromatics off the short ribs and discard. Return the short ribs to the braising liquid. For best results, allow short ribs to cool in the liquid on the countertop, then refrigerate overnight. Once liquid has chilled, using a ladle, skin and discard most — but not all — of the fat from the surface.
- To serve: If you have the right number of ribs for each guest, you can reheat them on the bone. If not, gently separate the meat from the bone (including the tendons) and break the meat into big chunks with your fingers before reheating. Bring broth and short ribs to a simmer. Add vinegar and season broth to taste with salt. Keep hot.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add greens and cook until tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Remove greens with a slotted spoon or tongs and set aside. Return water to a boil and cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and divide among four serving bowls. Top with short ribs, divide the greens evenly among the bowls, and ladle the broth over the top. Place a small pile of chopped Chinese pickled vegetable or sauerkraut on top of each short rib, sprinkle with chopped cilantro, and serve.