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Beef noodle soup 牛肉面

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Since winter has come, days are shorter. It’s getting dark so early now. It always feels like 9 o’clock in the evening when I start preparing dinner. I have also started eating more spicy than in summer. I love spicy food, but after living in Europe I eat less spicy.

Friends from the Netherlands will laugh if they see I wrote “I eat less”, because they were once really crying by my table. For this depressed winter weather, eating spicy food will make you start sweating and it will feel like after doing exercise.

Beef noodle soup with soft meat, a rich broth and vegetables: it is warm, healthy and classic. It has always been popular in China, you can find it everywhere. Normally people eat it for breakfast. There are also noodles, porridge, soy milk, steamed buns or dumplings for breakfast in China.

Nowadays beef noodles is not only for breakfast, many noodle restaurants quite often are like Chinese fast food; fast to cook and also healthy. Some of those restaurants open 24 hours a day.

It is not difficult to make beef noodle soup, you only need a little bit of time and enough herbs.

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What we need:

  • Beef chuck (for stews)                       500g
  • Star anise                                           2
  • Laurel herb (or bay leaf)                     2
  • Black cardamom                                  1
  • Cinnamon                                             1 stick
  • Sichuan pepper                                    1sp (you can replace it with white pepper)
  • Mandarin peel                                      2-3 pieces
  • Chilli sauce                                           1sp (I use sambal to replace Sichuan chilli sauce, it is not spicy but salty)
  • Dark soy sauce                                     1sp
  • Light soy sauce                                     2sp
  • Shaoxing wine or rice wine                   2sp
  • Monocrystal sugar                                6 pcs (if you don’t have any, you can use 1 spoon of ordinary granulated sugar)
  • Garlic                                                    4 cloves
  • Fresh ginger                                         4 slices
  • Spring onion                                          3
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How to make it

Cut the beef into pieces of 4x4cm, the put all in a soup pan. Add all herbs and sauces, then add 80 or 90 cl water. Heat on high fire until is starts to boil, then turn to small fire and let it simmer for 2 hours.

Cook noodles and place them in a bowl, add meat and soup.

Garnish with half a boiled egg and some greens. Add some home made chili oil if you dare!

Noodlesoup with beef and radish

Today’s weather was not so good; it was cloudy and cold, and I didn’t know what to do on my day off, so I went to the Turkish shop close to my home. They  have their own butcher’s shop there, and their meat has good quality. I will cook noodle soup with beef and radish.

rund en rettich 1What we need for the soup:

  • Beef knuckle (500 grams)
  • Dried laurel (5 pieces)
  • Star anise (2 pieces)
  • Cinnamon stick (1 piece)
  • Fresh ginger (3 slices)
  • Dried chili (3 pieces)
  • Dried mandarin peels (I always keep some mandarin peels, which I put by the window to dry. In China they are used in traditional medicine)
  • White radish (half)
  • Chinese spinach (1 piece)
  • Herbal liquor (such as Jägermeister), 1 tablespoon
rund en rettich 2Cooking the soup:

  1. Cut the beef into little chunks of 4×4 cm, cut the radish in the same size
  2. Fill a soup pan half full of water (1.5 liter) and bring to the boil
  3. When the water boils, add the beef and wait 1-2 minutes. When foam appears scoop this off with a spoon
  4. Then add all the other ingredients except the radish and liqueur, and boil for 10 minutes
  5. Lower the fire and add the liqueur. Then cook slowly for 1.5 hours
  6. Finally, add the radish and some salt and boil 10 minutes, then on low fire half an hour more

After you’ve added the radish to the soup, you can start preparing the noodles. Well, you know how to cook noodles, right?

When the noodles are done, put them into a bowl, keep the water. Boil the vegetables in this water a couple of minutes, done. Add the vegetables on top of the noodles into the bowl, then pour the soup over it all and serve

This soup is part of a meal with 3 dishes, together with Chinese fries and Fried dumplings. Enjoy!

Cantonese fried noodles

10:00 AM. This is a lovely morning. Sunshine is coming through my window and warms my back.
I have just made lunch to bring to my work, and I’m now drinking coffee with oliebollen, a local pastry from the Netherlands.
Every Thursday I start work at 12 O’ clock. That means I can get up late, have a slow breakfast and sometimes cook lunch for work.

Cantonese fried noodles 3Today, I made Cantonese style fried noodles. For this we will need:

  • Udon noodles (2 bags of 200 grams)
  • Cantonese dried sausage, also known as Lap Cheong: 2 pieces (you can use chicken, beef, pork or any other kind of sausage to replace)
  • Spring union: 3 pieces
  • Fresh bean sprouts (100 grams)
  • Dark soy sauce (1 tablespoon)
  • Light soy sauce (1 tablespoon)
  • Oyster sauce (2 tablespoons)
  • Dried chilies: 4 (only if you like it very spicy:)

Preparation step: cut, cut and cut…

  1. Cut the sausages into thin pieces
  2. Cut the spring union in pieces of about 3 cm
  3. Cut the dried chilies in fine pieces

This will be my lunch:
Cantonese fried noodles
How to cook it

  1. Heat some oil in a wok, then add the sausages and dried chili. Fry for 1 minute and then add the Udon noodles
  2. You will find that the Udon is a bit dry and sticky. This is not a problem: just sprinkle some warm water (about half my coffee cup) over them, and then stir. You’ll see that they loosen up
  3. Add the dark soy sauce and the Oyster sauce and stir 1 to 2 minutes
  4. Add the bean sprouts, and one spoon of light soy sauce. Stir fry for another minute
  5. Finally add the spring unions and stir fry for one minute more

That’s it!

Everything from washing, cutting and cooking in only 10 minutes. Now that’s easy right?