Hongtang Niuroumian- Hot Beef Noodle Soup

Nearly every street in Chengdu has a noodle restaurant, and every noodle restaurant serves this dish. Chef Li explained that the accompanying sauce is to Chinese noodles what bolognese is to spaghetti. The sauce can be made thicker for a dish or thinner for a soup. About a 10 minute walk from our apartment is our go-to meal and snack spot. Among the most delicious dumplings I ever had, our frequent order is two huge bowls of these noodles. While the recipe doesn’t call for it, the restaurant often puts lettuce or another leafy green in the bottom of the bowl.

  • Noodles
  • Beef (250 g)
  • Ginger (12 g)
  • Bamboo shoots (60 g)
  • Scallions (25 g)
  • Chili bean paste (40 g)*
  • Cooking wine (5 g)*
  • Sichuan peppercorn (3 g)*
  • Salt (3 g)*
  • Stock/water
  • Star anise
  • Cinnamon
  • False cardamom- optional
  • Sand ginger- optional
  • Oil
  • Soy sauce (100 g)*
  • Chili oil (80 g)*
  • Sesame oil (3 g)*
  • Gourmet powder (5 g)*

Preparation:

  1. Cut beef into 2 cm cubes. (Increase size if making as a dish.)
  2. Marinate beef in cooking wine. Do not add salt because of the saltiness of the chili paste.
  3. Cut ginger into small grains.
  4. Finely mince chili paste.
  5. Cut bamboo shoots into 1 cm cubes.

Cooking:

  1. Season wok.
  2. Add new oil.
  3. Add beef and stir fry until beef is fragrant and oil is clear. (If beef is a lower quality, it may have water added. Allow all water evaporate before moving on.)
  4. When oil runs clear, add cooking wine.
  5. Add chili paste and stir fry until oil is fragrant and red.
  6. Add ginger and stir fry.
  7. Add anise, cinnamon, false cardamom, sand ginger, hua jiao and stock.
  8. Season with soy sauce and wine.
  9. Simmer and eliminate scum.
  10. Pour into a saucepan and allow to simmer for 2 hours.
  11. In the last 30 minutes, add bamboo.
  12. To serve, pour a small amount of soy sauce, gourmet powder, chili oil, sesame oil (all to taste) and stock from beef into the bottom of each bowl.
  13. Add noodles.
  14. Top with meat and bamboo, as well as scallion and cilantro if desired.

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