2.28.2010

Wonderland Beef Noodle Soup


Ta -Da! Wonderland Beef Noodle Soup!


Albert was away this weekend to see team Canada win the men's hockey gold medal in his hometown of Vancouver. I made the best of this weekend by inviting some girlfriends over for a small gathering.

On the dinner menu was my homemade beef noodle soup. This is not too difficult to make at all; it just takes time. Here to share with you are some pictures and simple instructions.




The ingredients (rice wine, soy sauce, and rock sugar missed this group photo, sorry)

Click on the picture to see the labels on those Chinese sauces. You can buy them at most Asian grocery stores.


First, cook the beef, and a couple of slices of ginger in boiling water until the blood is out. Take the beef out.





Cook onions first on low heat until tender with some oil, and then add garlic, ginger, scallions, some rock sugar (or regular sugar), soy sauce, and two of those of Asian sauces -- Spicy Bean Paste and Sweet Starchy Paste.




Add the beef, carrot, radish (you don't have to add them if you don't like them) and continue to stir fry everything on medium heat. Add a generous amount of rice wine.

Add half of the tomatoes you want to cook and continue to cook until the tomatoes are almost dissolved.

Don't add any broth or water yet. Turn down the heat to low and cover the pot to cook for an hour. We want to cook the flavors into the meat, carrot, and radish. Depending on the pot you use, you might need to add water or stir it from time to time.

I have this super nice pot (a gift from Fen and Christy!!) that keeps most of the heat and liquid in, so no need to add water at all.




One hour later



Add chicken or beef broth and more tomatoes. Cook another 20 minutes.




Make noodles and veggies together to save time and space.

Season the soup with salt, pepper, sugar, or more water to taste.

Drain the noodles and veggies, add the beef soup.

Very important final steps: top with fresh scallions, cilantro, fresh tomato slices, white pepper, and some black seasame oil.



Ta -Da! Wonderland Beef Noodle Soup!

The result? Not super good, but not too bad either. A very safe and standard taste of Chinese beef noodle soup. If I can do it, I am sure you can do it even better.


3 comments:

Jessica Lee (Jelly) said...

I wish I could have made this tonight! It looks so yum in the tum, this niu rou mian.

Eva Chen said...

Looks so good! Kevin loves Beef Soup Noodle .. I should try sometimes......

Jamie said...

drooling...