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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.21 / 5 (72 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
1 hr 15 min

Gary Rhodes uses authentic oriental flavours from northern China - easily prepared from the comfort of your own kitchen


1. Put the beef in a large pan, cover with cold water, and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and leave on one side. Save the liquid - you can use it to top up the soup later on.

2. Heat the oil in a large wok or pan and add the spring onions, ginger and garlic, followed by the star anise (or five spice powder), chilli flakes, bean sauce and beef. Stir-fry for a minute over a high heat.

3. Add the cooking wine, soy sauce and enough hot water to cover. Put the lid on and simmer until the beef is tender - about 1 hour. You might need to top up the pan with the reserved cooking liquid if it looks like drying out.

4. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon and reserve. Strain the stock and return to the pan. Bring back to the boil and add the cooked noodles. Simmer for a minute to warm through.

5. Divide the soup and noodles between six deep soup bowls. Share the meat out between each bowl and finish with chopped coriander and a drizzle of sesame oil.

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beef noodle soup -yummy stuff make me healthy-and yummy stuff make me healthy.

bobbyH33318 bobbyH33318  Posted 22 Mar 2011 3:21 PM

I've eaten this wonderful soup many times in southern China. It works very well with a few sliced fresh mushrooms added for the last ten minutes of cooking. When I cook this I cut my beef smaller cubes for faster cooking.

Paul7rhg Paul7rhg  Posted 11 Jul 2009 10:12 AM

this looks nothing like how they did it on tv whys that ???

mand1964 mand1964  Posted 05 Aug 2008 7:37 PM