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Beef Noodle Soup


Simple comforting beef noodle soup, for any time, any kind of weather.

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  • 200g beef brisket
  • cubed
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 500ml water
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 thick slice of ginger
  • 1 whole star anise
  • Half stick of cinnamon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion
  • thinly sliced
  • Ground white pepper powder
  • 2 portions of rice vermicelli/ noodles
  • 1 cup thinly shredded cabbage
  • Several slices of cucumber
  • halved


servings 2
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 90mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Pack the cinnamon, star anise and ginger into a little stock bag if you have one. This will be really useful later when you have to remove the spices. If not, just have them ready anyway.

Step 2

Sear the beef brisket cubes a very hot pot till you have some nice colour on them.
Then, toss in the garlic and onion slices, cooking till fragrant.

Step 3

Next, add in the bag of spices, beef stock, water, fish sauce, and sugar.
Bring the soup to the boil and before turning it down to a simmer. Then, let it simmer away for at least 1.5 hours, until it has reduced by half its initial volume. Brisket will be very tough if not cooked long enough.
Skim away the impurities that collect at the top from time to time.

Step 4

Cook the rice vermicelli only moments before the soup is ready and reduced. Submerge the noodles in hot water for about 10 minutes or so, or until they’re cooked through yet still bouncy. Then, strain, rinse and set in a bowl onto of the shredded cabbage. If you’re having another type of noodle, cook them accordingly as you do usually.

Step 5

Ladle out the soup and morsels of beef onto the noodles and serve with cucumber slices. For those who like it spicy, a good dash of chilli powder will satisfy the palette.

It's important to patient and cook the beef brisket for at least 1.5 hours. Any less than that and it won't be quite as tender.

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