Flour • 面(miàn), Seasonal Dishes, Soup • 汤(tāng), Winter • 冬(dōng)

Noodle in Beef Broth (牛肉汤面)

The comfort food for me, and lots of Chinese people, is noodle in soup. 


The noodle has to be the long version, and the soup better is a meat broth. And when these two combine into a bowl, they have a magic powder to warm up my stomach and comfort my body.


Talking about noodle in soup, the one I like the most, which also gave me deepest impression in my childhood, is noodle in the beef broth.


I remember when I was around 6 years old, for the first time I tasted the instant noodle. By then the only one available was the “braised beef noodle” flavor by the brand Master Kong. I still can recall after pouring the hot water into the bowl, those 3-minutes of waiting was so so long. When I opened the cover, the hot steam came out and a bowl of heaven was in front of me!


Since then for a very long time, “noodle in soup” for me equaled to “noodle in beef broth”. No other version could beat it,. Ever after I had grown up and encountered with many other versions of noodle in soup, I always crave for those long noodles in a hot bowl of beef broth. And that’s why today I am making it, and share with you the initial bowl of joy in my childhood memory.

beef noodle in soup



  • Beef
  • Chinese noodles/ Udon/ any long Asian pasta you prefer…



  • Dried chili 2 – 5 (depends on how spicy you want)
  • Onion x 1
  • Ginger
  • Black peppercorns 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick x 1
  • Star anise x 3
  • Nutmeg x 1
  • Clove x 2
  • Fennel seeds x 1/2 tsp (optional)



  • Soy sauce x 2 spoons
  • Dark soy sauce x 1 spoon
  • Bean paste x 1 spoon
  • Salt x 1 tsp

beef noodle in soup


  1. Cut the beef into chunks, and boil them in water to get rid of the blood and extra fat.
  2. Boil water in a separate big pot. After the beef is boiled, put them into this pot of hot water without rinsing under cold water.
  3. Add in all the spices and flavorings into the pot.
  4. Put the lid on and simmer for 1 hour 45 minutes.
    beef noodle in soup
    beef noodle in soup
  5. Taste to see if it is salty enough. Add more salt according to your own preferences.
  6. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. And also boil some vegetable.
  7. Assemble everything together. Garnish some chopped red chili or green spring onion.

beef noodle in soup

The temperature has dropped last night, and it is only -1°C in the night and under 10°C during the day. Having a steaming hot bowl of noodle in soup is such a bless. I can’t think of any better option to comfort my stomach in the winter days. And it is good to make a lot of beef broth in one time, as you can always save the unfinished portion for later use.


Wish it warms up your stomach and your heart as well! ❤

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