Beef Noodle Soup (Szechuan Style)

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  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 4 oz watercress
  • 1215 shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 eggs, soft boiled
  • 8 oz Chinese noodles, or ramen, or udon
  • 1-inch chunk ginger, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly sliced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 4 tablespoons
  • chili bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons Canola oil, divided
  • 3 star anises
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 stem green onion, chopped for garnishing
  • sesame oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Place beef stew meat in a medium bowl; add red wine and a pinch of salt and pepper; stir well.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat up 2 tablespoons Canola oil over medium-high heat; add seasoned beef, stir until the outside of the beef starts turning brown (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add 5 cups water into the saucepan. Switch heat to high and bring to a boil, then simmer.
  4. While the meat is simmering, heat up 3 tablespoons Canola oil over medium-high heat in a small skillet (about 2 minutes).
  5. Add sugar and fry until it starts turning brown; now add star anise, five-spice powder, ginger and garlic; stir for about 10 seconds; quickly add chili bean sauce. Stir well and cook on low for about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer the chili bean sauce mixture to the large saucepan; add soy sauce, then simmer for 25 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, boil eggs. (Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, gently add eggs and let them boil for 4.5 minutes for soft-boiled eggs or 5 minutes for hard-boiled eggs. Drain and let the eggs sit in cold water for 5 minutes before peeling.)
  8. After 25 minutes of simmering, add noodles and mushrooms in the saucepan; bring to a boil. Once the beef noodle soup is boiling, add watercress, then immediately turn off the heat. Stir until the vegetable starts to wilt.
  9. To serve, divide the noodle soup into 4 bowls evenly; drizzle with sesame oil; place one soft-boiled egg in each bowl; sprinkle with chopped green onion. Enjoy!


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