Quick and easy breakfast noodle soup

Kathleen Blumenthal
I love to cook and expand the boundaries of cooking
taiwanese beef noodle soup

In Asian shops chefs cook it with great affection. The broth intensifies with time and builds on yesterday’s flavors. Leftovers might be even tastier than the fresh soup. If we have to name the most traditional Taiwanese soup, it will be the noodle soup. You can find it everywhere from late night markets to fancy restaurants.

The Taiwanese takes pride in their iconic noodle soup. It’s delicious with rich and spicy broth, tender beef, bok choy, fresh noodles and pickled greens, cilantro and fresh scallions, that are so popular in Asian cuisines. The result is a flavorful bowl of savory, spicy and salty deliciousness.

Quick and easy breakfast noodle soup

This is a quick beef noodle soup with super tender meat and unbeatable umami flavor. Perfect for winter and busy mornings, it will conquer any bad weather.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Taiwanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 205 kcal


  • 2.5 quality bone-in beef shank
  • 1 quartered onion
  • 2 quartered tomatoes
  • 3 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 piece of sliced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/2 tsp ground close
  • 1/4 cup shaoxing wine
  • 3 Thai red chilies
  • 2 tbsp of green onions for topping
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 pound Asian noodles


  1. Take a pot of water and put it to boil, blanch the beef. Cook for 60 seconds. It will remove the impurities of the meat. Place the beef on a plate and discard the water. Add the meat to the pressure cooker, add other ingredients. Don't add water because the beef will release more than enough during the process.

  2. Pressure the beef with the meat preset. If this sounds confusing, just cook it for 22 minutes. 

  3. Follow the recipe on the package, prepare the noodles, divide them into bowls. When the cooking process is finished, add meat and broth on top of the noodles. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you feel that water and spices aren't enough, you can always add more. Tweaking the recipe is easy, and you can change the flavors as you wish. The soup is typically served with cooked spinach, but you can use any vegetables.

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