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Recipe: Quick Chinese Beef Noodle Soup

Warming, hearty and with mountains of flavour, this basic recipe for a quick and easy noodle soup is a must if you’re in a rush.

Strictly speaking, if I had a good amount of time on my hands I would definitely make the beef stock from scratch using beef bones but I’ve no problem using stock cubes.

(Serves 2 – 4, depending on how big your bowls are!)

Ingredients:

  • 250g sirloin beef, cut into strips
  • 3 spring onions, chopped including green stem
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 150g egg noodles
  • 950mls beef stock
  • 120g tenderstem broccoli
  • 4 baby corn cobs
  • 1 small leek, shredded
  • Optional: chili powder

Method:

Place your stripped beef into a bowl along with the chopped spring onions, garlic, soy and sesame and turn the meat in the mix to coat. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (I usually pop it in for an hour if I’ve the time).

Pop your egg noodles and a pinch of salt into a saucepan of boiling water until cooked. Drain, then set aside.

Place your beef stock in a pan and bring to a boil. Add the marinade and the beef into the pot of stock, along with the broccoli, baby corn and shredded leek.

Drop down to a simmer and leave to cook for about 8 minutes until the vegetables are tender (keep an eye on your beef to make sure it doesn’t overcook!). You can add the chili powder at this point for heat.

Finally, add in your noodles to the broth to reheat and serve.

 

Note: You can of course vary the vegetables with this recipe – I love throwing in green beans when they’re in season.

(Lead image via Mo Riza on Flickr)

Top 6 Movies Featuring Chinese Food

“To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven” – Ancient Chinese Proverb

As part of Chinese Week here on the blog, I felt that it’d be a fun idea to sit back and take a look at movies that featured real Chinese food at its core.

Forget that synthetic, gooey stuff you see so often at the takeaway, these movies will give you a real feel for what it’s all about (if you don’t mind your mouth watering!)

Eat Drink Man Woman

Directed by Ang Lee, this is the follow up to his successful movie The Wedding Banquet. It takes a look at ethnic conflicts within a Chinese family, using food as the main focus of the film.

Food is Heaven

“From the steamy kitchens of Canton to the arid moonscape of the north, food is the very heart and soul of China. But increasing development and dwindling water supplies threaten the nation’s ability to feed itself.

“Meet the men and women who celebrate the glory of authentic Chinese cuisine – while working to preserve a healthy food supply for future generations”.

The Chinese Feast

With its climax at the prestigious Manchu Han Imperial Feast culinary competition, The Chinese Feast is a great little comedy.

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(Image via ChineseMov.com)

My Life as McDull

Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the 26th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2002), this lovely animated feature is about a piglet in a world populated by both animals and humans.

Though strictly not food-based, it’s still quite special. The narrative is written in several set pieces involving McDull’s birth, education, with trips to his mother’s TV cooking show and indulging in local food.

The God of Cookery

A Hong Kong comedy directed by comedian, actor and director, Stephen Chow, this movie takes a look at a corrupt chef who really doesn’t know much about food!

The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World

A BBC Four documentary that takes a look at West Lake Restaurant in Changsha. The restaurant boasts 1,000 staff and 5,000 tables. That’s a LOT of food.

(Lead image via mubi.com)

Nǐ hǎo! It’s Chinese Week on Spill the Beans

In a bid to try something a bit different here in the Spill the Beans household, I’m cooking dishes with a Chinese-flair.

So what’s in store for this week? Well we’re kicking off tonight with a Beef Noodle Soup, using egg noodles and beef that’s marinated in soy sauce and garlic.

Tomorrow we’ll switch out the beef for pork, with a sweet and sour dish on the cards. Then on Tuesday – as a celebration of buying a Playstation 4 – we’ll have special fried rice with chicken and prawns.

Wednesday we’re going to go back to beef for some delicious chow mein and then on Thursday I’ll be rustling up some Lemon Chicken.

To finish the working week, we’re going to be a bit bold and indulge in some tasty spareribs and then finally on Saturday we’ll have Lamb Meatballs.

We’re also going to be looking at a few Chinese movies that have food at the core of their story including Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, The Chinese Feast and the BBC Four documentary The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World.

 

Next week we’re going to change it up with Italian food! So if you have any suggestions on what we should do – feel free to leave a comment below. Zàijiàn!

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)