Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

This spicy beef noodle soup recipe is surprisingly simple to prepare at home, spicy, flavorful,and tastes even better than what you can get at a restaurant.

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Ingredients
  1. 16 cups cold water
  2. 6 slices ginger
  3. 3 scallions, washed and cut in half
  4. ¼ cup Shaoxing wine
  5. 3 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1½ inch chunks
  6. 3 tablespoon oil
  7. 1 to 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  8. 2 heads of garlic, peeled
  9. 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  10. 5 star anise
  11. 4 bay leaves
  12. ¼ cup spicy bean paste
  13. 1 large tomato, cut into small chunks
  14. ½ cup light soy sauce
  15. 1 tablespoon sugar
  16. 1 large piece of dried tangerine peel
  17. fresh or dried wheat noodles of your choice
  18. Chopped scallion and cilantro, to garnish

Instructions
  • You’ll need two large pots to make this recipe. Fill one large stock pot with 16 cups of cold water. Add the ginger, scallions, Shaoxing wine and beef chunks. Cover and bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. After that, turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in another stock pot or large wok over medium low heat, and add the Sichuan peppercorns, garlic cloves, onion, star anise and bay leaves. Cook until the garlic cloves and onion chunks start to soften (about 5 - 10 minutes). Stir in the spicy bean paste. Then add the tomatoes and cook for two minutes. Finally, stir in the light soy sauce and sugar. Turn off the heat.
  • Now, let’s scoop out the beef, ginger, and scallions from the 1st pot and transfer them to the 2nd pot. Then, pour in the stock through a fine mesh strainer. Place the pot over high heat, and add in the tangerine peel. Cover and bring the soup to a boil. Immediately turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook for 60-90 minutes.