Beef Ho Fun Noodle Soup
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Beef ho fun noodle--a comforting rice noodle soup with spice braised beef
Course: Breakfast, Soup
Cuisine: Cantonese
Keyword: Beef, noodles
Servings: 3
Calories: 962 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 500 g fresh ho fun noodle , if you are using dried ones, pre-soak 300g until soft
  • 1 pound beef brisket , cut into middle size chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 green onions , whites and green part chopped separately
  • 1 thumb ginger , sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves , sliced
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3-4 L clean water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coriander , chopped for topping
  • 1 head leafy vegetable
  • 2-3 star anises
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 bark cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 1 cardamom
  1. Soak the spices with clean water for around 10 minutes. And then wrap with gauze. Seal with a rope or gauze strip. This will prevent the spices mixing with the soup.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the beef brisket for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the beef brisket out and rinse under running water to clean. Drain.
  3. Heat up 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, fry garlic, ginger and ginger for 1-2 minutes over slow fire or until aroma. Place beef brisket in and fry for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Add light soy sauce and continue frying for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour enough water to pot.
  4. Place the spice gauze bag in and simmer for 2-3 minutes or transfer to high pressure cooker and cook for 30 minutes. Add salt before assembling. (Note 2)
  5. Bring water to boil and rinse ho fun noodles for 30- 40 seconds. Rinse lettuce leaves too. Transfer noodle and lettuce leaves to serving bowl.
  6. Top ho fun noodle soup bowl with beef brisket, chopped green onion and chopped coriander and scoop beef soup to cover the noodles. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes

I match this soup with chopped green onion and coriander and sliced white radish salad- a shredded version is introduced here.

If you do not have high pressure cooker on hand, simmer the beef soup for 2 hours or until the beef brisket is well softened. Add slightly more water (around 1/2 L), considering the water evaporation in simmering process.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Ho Fun Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 962 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1802mg 75%
Potassium 764mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 145g 48%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 11.7%
Vitamin C 26.1%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 34.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.