Being in a relationship while trying to go on a diet can have its challenges. I love my fatty burgers, cheesy pasta, and greasy pizzas but most of the time, I want to eat clean food. Since quinoa, yogurt parfaits, and salads aren’t exactly on my boyfriend’s favorite foods list, we often have to compromise when dining out. One of our favorite places that isn’t too indulgent but also not too healthy is a Chinese noodle place in Alhambra. No matter how many times I visit the restaurant, Luscious Dumplings, I always order the stewed beef noodles – it’s just that darn good. Although I knew I couldn’t remake an exact replica of the dish I had to give it a try. Here is my recipe for Chinese braised beef stew noodles.
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This recipe for Chinese braised beef stew noodles is not to be confused with Taiwanese beef stew noodles. This version has a lighter broth and is much simpler to prepare.
The first step is to make the beef as flavorful and tender as you can. Bring the chuck roast to a boil in a pot of water and drain and wash the meat. This step helps remove any impurities in the beef. If you are using a boneless chuck roast, you can skip this step. You also substitute chuck roast for any other type of stew meat or roast.
Next, combine the meat with the aromatics and seasonings including garlic, ginger, scallions, star anise, soy sauce, and rice wine. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and continue to simmer on low until the roast is fork-tender. You can also prepare the meat in the instant pot, slow cooker, or in the oven. To cook the beef in the instant pot, pressure cook for 1 hour with all of the ingredients. For the slow cooker, set the settings to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until tender. For the oven, braise the meat in a dutch oven covered for about 2 hours at 325 degrees F or until tender.
Meanwhile, prepare the bok choy and cook the noodles. I personally prefer Chinese egg noodles for their width and texture but you can substitute it with thick flour noodles.
This Chinese braised beef stew noodle is, as expected, not an exact replica of the one served at my favorite restaurant. However, the beef is just as tender and the broth is still very tasty. I can eat this for lunch or dinner, summer or winter!
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