Warming up to good soup
Slurp…ah! Nothing beats taking good, warm soup on a cold night. Although winter is still officially two weeks away, the noticeable frigid (sub-zero) longer nights have made my family and I look forward to soup, soup, and more soup!
But I’m beginning to run out of ideas, too. Fellow dad, Robert, was kind enough to share the beef noodle soup recipe (which was adapted from Vanjo Merano’s Panlasang Pinoy), below. The taste of this soup brought back memories of delicious beef noodle soup of the Binondo Noodle House paired with warm siopao asado.
Alas, the beef noodle soup had to stand alone without the soft meat steamed bun. However, the soup was such a treat that nary a peep was heard when everyone took it; except of course, for some occasional slurping from the kids!
Ah, soup is indeed an elixir for the weary soul! Who would ever think that soup can be this powerful? Now I can say that I fear not Old Man Winter for this mighty beef noodle soup will surely save the day…or night! 😉
BEEF MAMI (Beef Noodle Soup)
1 pack wonton noodles (1 pack contains 4 servings of dry yellow thin noodles)
Chinese cabbage, chopped
1 lb beef brisket, cut into cubes, can also add beef tendons if available
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 medium-sized onion, minced
4 cups water
1 piece beef cube
2 pieces star aniser
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp salt
1. Boil a big pot of water with some salt.
2. Add meat, boil and remove scum.
3. Lower temp and simmer till meat is tender. Remove meat from stock.
4. Heat pan and add oil. Saute the garlic, ginger, and onion.
5. Put-in the meat and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes
6. Add the soy sauce, ground black pepper, sugar, and star anise and continue sauteeing.
7. Add 1 cup of beef broth and simmer until the sauce thickens a bit.
8. Reboil the soup stock. Dip 1 serving of noodle using a kitchen spider strainer basket into the boiling pot of soup for about 1 minute. Loosen it to allow thorough cooking.
9. Place cooked noodles in an individual soup bowl. Put some cooked meat with its sauce. Put some chopped Chinese cabbage and scallions.
10. Repeat 11 until all 4 bowls are done.
11. Pour soup into the bowls. Serve with warm siopao.
This beef noodle soup was made extra special by our kid who included a note of affection for my wife.