Soup Name: Stewed Beef Soup (Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup base)
Traditional Chinese Name: 牛肉面 (niu rou mian)

This stewed beef is a variation of the famous Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup.   It is a very rich meat broth that can serve as a meal in itself when eaten together with hand-pulled noodles and boiled vegetables. 

What Ingredients are required?

3 large pieces of beef shank or short ribs
5 cloves smashed garlic
½ small onion or 3 shallots, diced
5 whole star anise
1 tablespoon sichuan pepper
½ stalk of lemongrass
1 small chunk of fresh ginger
1 slice of ginger root
2 2-inch long peeled pieces of tangerine skin (if available)
1 cup of soy sauce
1.5 L of cold water

How do I prepare it?

  1. In a large pot, start boiling your soup water
  2. Add the soy sauce, onions, garlic, star anise, sichuan pepper, lemongrass and ginger root and boil together for 30 minutes
  3. Wash, pre-boil and drain the beef
  4. Add the beef (whole) into the soup 
  5. Cover and boil for 2 or more hours (until the beef is very tender but not falling apart), occasionally turning the beef
  6. Remove from heat and let sit for 1 hour
  7. Remove beef from the soup and slice into ½ inch slices
  8. Add your favourite noodles, vegetables, beef slices and the rich beef stock into bowls
  9. Serve and enjoy!

 Once sliced, your beef should look similar to the delicious, mouth-watering photo below, and the broth is even better!