Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
INGREDIENTS

3-3.5 lbs of beef shank, 2″ chunks
2″ piece of ginger, sliced and smashed
8 cloves of garlic, smashed
5 scallion whites, cut into 2″ segments
1 onion, wedged
2 tomatoes, wedged
5 dried chilies
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp spicy bean paste (dobanjiang)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)

Herb packet in cheese cloth
4 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1/2 tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2-3 tbsp sichuan peppercorns

to serve
Fresh white noodles
Bok choy, blanched
Cilantro, finely chopped
Scallions, sliced

  1. Boil water in a large pot.  Once the water is boiling, add beef and let come back up to a boil for 1 minute.  Strain in a colander and rinse with fresh water. 
  2. For the instant pot or regular pot on stove, saute ginger, garlic, scallions, and onions with oil.  Cook until onions are translucent. 
  3. Add meat and sauce and mix well.  Then add 8 cups of water and spice packet.  
  4. For regular pot: Bring to a boil and then drop down to a simmer on medium low. Cover and cook for at least 3-4 hours. FOR INSTANT POT: Cover and set to pressure cook for 90-100 minutes.  
  5. When broth is done, get toppings together. Boil water, blanche bok choy, and get scallions and cilantro together.  Serve broth and meat in a bowl.  Serve Hot.