Beef Noodle Soup

Beef Noodle Soup


  • 1/2 lb to 1 lb beef (steak, sirloin, or tender loin)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger cut into thin slices
  • 1-2 green onions cut into small pieces
  • 4-5 dried red chilis
  • 1 teaspoon of green and red Szechuan pepper corns
  • Half a cup of red Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon 13 spice
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 4-5 cups additional water for soup
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • Cut vegetables of choice (potatoes, broccoli, or cauliflower)
  • Egg noodles (see egg noodle recipe)
  • Cut green onions and sesame oil for garnish


Cooking the Meat

  1. Cut 1/2 lb to 1 lb steak, sirloin, or tender loin into inch cubes.
  2. Brown all sides in hot oil and set aside.
  3. Stir fry in peanut oil the garlic, ginger, green onion, dried red chilis, and green and red Szechuan pepper corns for a minute and return the meat—stir fry a few minutes.
  4. Add half a cup or so of Chinese red cooking wine and stir fry for a minute or so.
  5. Add tablespoon of cumin, tablespoon garlic powder, and teaspoon of 13 spice and mix well.
  6. Add 2-3 cups of water to cover the meat and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 3-4 hours, checking each hour to make sure there is enough water to keep cooking the meat.
  8. Note: at end, you can add potatoes or broccoli, or cauliflower and cook until vegetable is done.

Cooking the Soup

  1. Simple soup broth: stir fry garlic, green onion, and large pieces of celery in oil for a few minutes; add 4-5 cups of water; add 3 beef bouillon cubes; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for an hour
  2. Make egg noodle dough and let sit for one hour; flatten out, fold, cut into noodles strips, and boil in water to make the noodles. Click for homemade egg noodle recipe.
  3. Put noodles in a bowl, cover with beef broth, add meat (and potatoes or other veggies as per your taste), and add some of the beef liquid to the broth until desired taste/saltiness.
  4. Garnish with cut green onions and sesame oil.