Taiwanese Beef Noodles
Widely regarded as the National Dish of Taiwan, Taiwanese Beef Noodles is a must-try for visitors to the popular tourist destination. I have personally been to Taiwan 5 times and there are a few items on my "must-eat" list each time - Oyster Vermicelli, Fried Chicken Chop, Steamed Salted Chicken, Tempura （甜不辣）and, of course, Beef Noodles. I always gain a few pounds after a trip to Taiwan because the variety of delicious foods there is never-ending and affordable, it's like I'm forever eating while there, or thinking about what to eat next when I'm not. Red Braised Beef Noodles is a dish that I have cooked a few times and here is the recipe for the tweaked version that I feel is yummiest and also the easiest to make.
Having gone through numerous recipes for Taiwanese Beef Noodles and trying out the different variations, I have actually come up with one that is easiest to make, perfect for cooking in the slow cooker (you can cook it over the stovetop as well, of course) and which tastes absolutely delectable. I don't really fancy the type of soup that is heavily laden with pungent spices and there are numerous recipes for Taiwanese Beef Noodles that require a myriad of spices in the soup base. Therefore, in my recipe, the only spice found in the soup is star anise- 2 star anise cloves to be exact; any more and it will be too much for my liking.
I used beef brisket for this dish and let it cook in the slow cooker for 6 hours on high. If you are going to cook this over the stove, leave it to simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, making sure to check on it every 20 minutes or so to top up the liquids; this recipe easily made 4 large bowls of Beef Noodles with a little soup left over, so you can imagine how much water I kept adding into the pot to cook over the few hours. Once you are ready to serve the dish, blanch some bok choy or Shanghai green vegetables in boiling water while you are preparing the egg noodles and serve it on top of the soup. Taiwanese Beef Noodles with a robust savoury soup bursting with flavours - it truly is worth the wait!