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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Niu Rou Mian- Authentic Taiwanese Beef Noodle

I lived in Taiwan for a year and a half as a missionary. I have a lot of good memories of the people and the culture, and many good recipes of the food. In Taiwan, a common greeting is, "Have you eaten?" (Chi bao le ma?) When getting to know people, they would often ask how I liked the food. I was glad to be able to say that I loved it. Taiwanese food uses a lot of fresh vegetables and meat, fish or tofu over rice. They don't eat a lot of sugar, and a common dessert is fresh fruit or sweetened beans.

Niu Rou Mian (Beef Noodle) is a food you can buy from restaurants or vendors, but can be easily made at home. It takes some work ahead of time, so be sure to start early.


2 lbs Beef Shank/Short Ribs or Stew Beef 
2-3 tomatoes
1 Whole Onion
5-6 Cloves of Garlic

Olive oil
2 big pieces of ginger
3-4 stalks of Green Onions
1/2 cup of Soy Sauce (Dark and Regular)
2 cups Beef Broth
5 cups of water

Noodles( I used Barilla whole wheat linguine)
Bok Choy 


Slice onion, tomatoes and garlic. Saute in a dutch oven in a little bit of olive oil until softened. Add meat. Cook until browned. Add soy sauce, ginger, green onion, beef broth and water. Let simmer for 4-6 hours, adding more water if needed.

Cook noodles according to package directions. Add bok choy during the last minute or two of cooking. Drain. Dish up noodles and bok choy. Scoop beef mixture over noodles.
You will need a fork and a spoon to eat. Enjoy!

This post is part of Tasty Tuesdays.


  1. sounds delicious. Adding it to the list!

  2. Looks wonderful! And your greeting up there reminds me of my Japanese professor back in the day who, when we'd be pulling long hours in the costume shop, would always ask "Have you eaten?". And then she'd order us food! Thanks for bringing that memory back for me!

  3. ooh Im gonna try this!! thanks for the recipe!