Comforting Beef and Rice Noodle Soup
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
A spiced beef broth makes an ideal comforting winter soup with rice noodles and beef brisket.
  • 500g (17 ounces or just over 1 pound) fresh ho fun noodle (if you are using dried ones, pre-soak 300g until soft)
  • 1 pound beef brisket, cut into middle size chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 green onions, whites and green part chopped separately
  • 1 thumb ginger, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3-4 L clean water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coriander, chopped for topping
  • 1 head leafy vegetable
  • 2-3 star anises
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 bark cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 1 cardamom
  1. Soak the spices with clean water for around 10 minutes. And then wrap with gauze. Seal with a rope or gauze strip. This will prevent the spices mixing with the soup.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the beef brisket for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the beef brisket out and rinse under running water to clean. Drain.
  3. Heat up 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, fry garlic, ginger and ginger for 1-2 minutes over slow fire or until aroma. Place beef brisket in and fry for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Add light soy sauce and continue frying for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour enough water to pot.
  4. Place the spice gauze bag in and simmer for 2-3 minutes or transfer to high pressure cooker and cook for 30 minutes. Add salt before assembling. (Note 2)
  5. Bring water to boil and rinse ho fun noodles for 30- 40 seconds. Rinse lettuce leaves too. Transfer noodle and lettuce leaves to serving bowl.
  6. Top ho fun noodle soup bowl with beef brisket, chopped green onion and chopped coriander and scoop beef soup to cover the noodles. Serve hot!
I match this soup with chopped green onion and coriander and sliced white radish salad- a shredded version is linked above.

If you do not have high pressure cooker on hand, simmer the beef soup for 2 hours or until the beef brisket is well softened. Add slightly more water (around ½ L), considering the water evaporation in simmering process.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at