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Taiwan Beef Noodles 台灣牛肉麵

Taiwanese Beef Noodles 台灣牛肉麵 is probably the most famous Taiwan street food! It is many people’s favourite taste of Taiwan. It’s so beefy and hot it’s perfect for this cold weather, also it’s delicious in hot weather too! Joanne makes this authentic, traditional hot Taiwan food and it tastes like the best beef noodles you’ve had. The ingredients below are for about 6 to 8 people. We cooked it and left more than half for another day, it gets even better with time.

Taiwan beef noodles

Taiwan beef noodles

The ingredients 食材;


Taiwan beef noodle ingredients

  • 600g shin beef
  • 600g flank steak
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 bowl soy sauce
  • half a bowl of dark soy sauce
  • half a bowl of Taiwanese rice wine
  • Taiwanese spice bag
  • coriander (a handful)
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 large pieces of rock sugar (about 5 teaspoons of normal sugar)
  • ginger (5 slices)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • sour green vegetable pickle
  • noodles

The method 作法;

  1. Chop your beef into squares
  2. Use boiling water to rinse your beef chunks
  3. Heat some oil in a large pan and add in the spring onion, chili, chopped onion (half of it), garlic and ginger
  4. When you can smell these vegetables cooking add in your chopped beef, quickly stir fry
  5. Add the soy sauce, dark soy sauce and rice wine, rock sugar, coriander and spice bag and then cover the pan for 5 minutes to stream and simmer
  6. Now add 2 litres of boiling water, turn the cooker to low/medium, cook for 45 minutes
  7. Add in the carrots, tomatoes and the rest of the chopped onion, cook for 15 more minutes
  8. Cook your noodles to be ready
  9. Get a large bowl, put in enough noodles for one person, top it with your hot beef stew and soup
  10. Sprinkle coriander, spring onion, chilli and sour green pickle
Taiwan beef noodles

Taiwan beef noodles

Joanne has recorded a how to make Taiwan Beef Noodles 台灣牛肉麵 video so you can see and follow the exact step-by-step method, chopping sizes and the timings she uses. Now you can eat Taiwan beef noodles anywhere in the world where you can watch YouTube!

How to make Taiwanese Beef Noodles 台灣牛肉麵 video

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  1. We love this. We also want to meet Mark! Wish you can both cook a special dish together someday. Thanks, and keep the recipes coming.

  2. Joanne, I would love to make this recipe one day myself. But the only problem is the spice bag. What if I cannot find this spice bag in the store.

    • If you can’t find it in the Chinese supermarket then, use 5 star anise, a teaspoon of red pepper corns, half a teaspoon of cloves, a cinnamon stick, three bayleafs, three cardamom pods – all in a cotton bag. That should do the trick 🙂

  3. Hi Joanne, first of all: thanks a lot for the great recipes. I have been in Taiwan this summer and miss the food a lot. So I already cooked a couple of your recipes like Ma-Po Tofu and Three Cup Chicken.

    I have a question: I can not get rice wine here in Sweden. Do you know what I could use instead?


  4. Hi Joanne,

    I just made this exactly how you instructed, including the pickled veggies and it is the most authentic recipe I found. It tastes better than anything beef noodle soups I got at the taiwanese restaurants here in Virginia. I am really glad I found this recipe and keep up the incredible cooking. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Wow I’ve been missing Taiwan and its great I have found your awesome recipes.I love it!Thanks a lot.

  6. Hi,
    I would like to know what brand of dark soy sauce do you use? and for normal soy sauce can I use kikkoman?

  7. I lived in Taiwan for nine years. Now that I am back in the US, I *really* miss a lot of the food. I have already made your Sesame Oil Chicken (in a crockpot!), and I can’t wait to try the Beef Noodle Soup! Thank you so much for the time you put into this website. It’s a wonderful resource 🙂

    • Great Michele I hope you can get time to try many more things from my website and videos. I’m happy to help! Beef noodles is a great Taiwanese favourite. Get cooking and try some more recipes too!

  8. what are in the Taiwanese spice bag?

  9. What brand of soy sauce do you use for the light and dark soya sauce?

  10. Hi Joanne,

    I love your beef noodles recipe – did it for the new years party and will do it the coming weekend for some colleague’s birthday.

    As to your recipe of fermented tofu on garlic fried greens: what kind of fermented tofu do you use ? I found some rather neutral flavoured by Eaglobe and some other which is flavoured with chilli, additionally. Do you mix anything into this tofu when heating it up and melting it as a sauce ???

    Is there any chance that you fill this TW-Duck website with more new recipes or do you only post new things on either youtube or the TW Teapot ???

    All the very best,

    Steffen (from Germany)

    P.S.: Since it got warmer outside I again brought out my pak choi and spring onion seeds with lots of fertilized young earth in the flower boxes on my balcony. Hope it’ll turn out well.

    • Hi Steffen, Long time no hear from you! Actually summer is coming and we are evry busy on the fruitand vegetable garden! The fermented tofu I prefer is the spcy sauce one – so uit will be a chili one. You only use a small amount so it doesn’t really add a lot of heat.
      Most of my web pages are a bit quiet now as I am enjoying the outside and gardening things. I plan to Taiwanese drinks soon and they will be on YouTube and then the websites at a later date. I hope your plants do well too!

  11. Hi Joanne,

    me again. My colleague was and still is thrilled by the taste of your Taiwanese beef noodles. Apparently a good birthday dish for him this evening.

    Thanks a lot, again, for your recipes – keep sharing in any case.


    Steffen (from Germany)

  12. Hi Joanne,

    Made a delicious meal of Taiwanese Beef Noodles for 6 persons using this recipe. Simple, delicious and very satisfying. Thank you for the awesome recipe.


    • Hi Brandon, I’m very happy so many people can enjoy authentic Taiwanese food via my website and YouTube channel. Please come visit again and make more of my recipes for your friends and family!

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