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As read about in CME Chapter 1




1 cinnamon stick
2 black cardamom pods
½ tablespoon fennel seeds
4 star anise pods
10 cloves
6 bay leaves
½ tablespoon whole white peppercorns
(I used szechuan peppercorns to make it a little spicy)

3 pounds of beef chuck,
into large chunks
16 cups water
5 slices ginger
3 tablespoons sesame oil

15 grams of rock sugar
(or granulated sugar)
5 scallions
1 whole head of garlic

(cloves peeled but kept whole)
¼ cup Shaoxing wine

(I used red wine as it is easier to find)
1 cup soy sauce
Salt, to taste
Noodle of your choice

(I used Udon noodles)
Leafy greens of your choice

(spinach, bok choy)


  1. Take all of your aromatics and bundle them into a cheese cloth and tie it shut with food grade string.
  2. After you cut your meat, make sure to wash off the excess blood before putting it into your soup pot with the water and ginger slices.
  3. Bring your beef water mixture to a boil, occasionally skimming off the foam created by the beef from the top. Discard the foam, do not keep it.
  4. After boiling for 15 minutes, take out the beef pieces and strain the broth through a mesh strainer. (If this method is too complicated for you, you can always buy beef stock or beef bone broth from the grocery store, and while heating it up, add the ginger.)
  5. Keep the beef stock off to the side, on a low simmer.
  6. In another soup pot, heat your oil and add the sugar, scallion whites and garlic cloves. Cook slightly just to sear the garlic to bring out the flavor.
  7. Add your beef to the scallion mixture, stir well and cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat.
  8. To your beef, add the wine and soy sauce to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Make sure every piece of beef is evenly coated in the sauce.
  9. Pour your beef broth, ginger and the cheesecloth of aromatics to the beef mixture.
  10. Bring the soup to a boil, stir several times then reduce the heat to a medium to let it simmer for 2 hours.
  11. Cook your noodles according the the package. (Udon noodles are 10 minutes at boiling. I usually take my noodles out and then quickly cool them down in an ice/water mixture to stop them from over cooking.)
  12. Quickly blanch your greens in boiling water before adding to your bowls.
  13. In your bowls, add your noodles, greens and then ladle your hot beef soup over your noodles.


There are other variations of this dish.

You can cut a daikon radish into small pieces and cook them in your beef soup to add another type of texture to your dish. It adds a little crunch to the soup. You can make this soup spicy or relatively mild depending on your preferences.

If you absolutely cannot afford the aromatics in the cheesecloth, the next best option you can do is to add a five spice seasoning to the beef broth.

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April 1, 2019 12:38 pm

Dunno anything about this but the email notification was just too intriguing so I clicked. Cool recipe!

April 1, 2019 12:52 pm


April 1, 2019 12:59 pm

Thank you

April 1, 2019 1:14 pm


April 1, 2019 1:15 pm

Thank you !!!!!

April 1, 2019 2:53 pm

Thanks for the chapter! New cooking series, yay!

April 1, 2019 2:57 pm

This is the best. Thank you!

beatriz lima
April 1, 2019 2:58 pm

Rapaz, que fome isso me deu…

Thank you for the chapter and recipe! 💙

April 1, 2019 3:56 pm

It’s midnight on a Monday… So hungry! qnq

tama_ ochi
tama_ ochi
April 1, 2019 4:31 pm

aah, i read this in the morning before breakfast! 🤤🤤🤤 i want to eat noodles!😭
thank you for the recipe 😘

April 1, 2019 6:06 pm

Te Dish looks great!! Thanks for the recipe!!

April 1, 2019 6:35 pm

I’m interested in more recipes of this novel. Thank you for sharing with us the steps on how to make this noodles soup. One day I’ll try to make it myself.

April 1, 2019 10:15 pm

Thank you for this, I am making this this week! It would be lovely to have these as collective download to the series in the future.

April 1, 2019 11:13 pm

Yum yu. I’d really like to try it! That photos made me salivate XD.

Thanks for the recipe!

April 2, 2019 3:16 am

Oh Yummy!! Now to try cooking it at home without exploding the kitchen 🙂

April 2, 2019 5:26 am

Now im starving…. plus the cool weather….
grumble grumble grumble

April 2, 2019 10:02 am

Not only I get to read a good story but learn to cook!

April 2, 2019 10:04 am

In the aromatic’s picture, there is white slices of spice. What is that?

April 3, 2019 7:32 am

THAT LOOKS SO GOOD! Will try it later~~ Thank you for the recipe

April 3, 2019 12:32 pm

Thank you for the recipe~ 🌸

April 4, 2019 4:55 am

I would (likely will) absolutely make this. If this is a regular thing considering the story is about a chef, will you be releasing the recipes all together as an extra?
Thank you for the chapter!

April 4, 2019 10:27 am

Thank you for the recipe

April 4, 2019 2:01 pm

I was wondering if there is a non-alcoholic substitute for wine altogether, as I don’t drink wine ( being a muslim and all 😅)

April 6, 2019 6:31 pm

Thank you for sharing a recipe! I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m in the mood for a beef-based soup. Seems a little easier than getting oxtail.

April 8, 2019 8:38 am

love this, thank you for the recipe..

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