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Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
3 hrs
An addictive Lanzhou beef noodle soup
Course: Soup, staple
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Beef, noodles
Servings: 4
Calories: 1248 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 beef oxtail , around 1000g, cut into 2cm thick pieces
  • 250 g back bones
  • 250 g chicken bones
  • 500 g beef shank
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 thumb ginger , sliced
  • 2 scallion whites
  • 3 L water
  • salt to taste
  • Noodles for serving
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 small piece of Chinese cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. Sichuan peppercorn , must
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. whole cumin seeds
  • 1/8 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 cardamom
  • 3 Amomum Cardamomum pods
  • 1 dried chili pepper
  • 1 Amomum tsaoko
Garnish and drizzle
  • 1 cup chopped coriander
  • 1 cup chopped garlic leek
  • half of a daikon radish
  • chili oil , as needed
Make the stock
  1. Remove the blood waters: add all the bones and meat in a large pot, pour in enough water to cover, add green onion and 4 slices of ginger and then bring to a boiling. Transfer out and clean.
  2. Soak all the spices with around 1/2 cup boiling hot water for 10 minutes and then wrap all of them with a glaze bag and seal with cotton lines.
  3. Add all the bones and beef shank, scallion whites and spiced wrapped in the glaze bag. Pour around 2.5L to 3 L water (separately for high pressure cooker and cast iron soup pot). Bring to boil and simmer for around 1.5 to 2 hours. Add salt to taste.
Cook and assemble noodles
  1. Take out the beef shank and cut thinly. Cook radish slices in broth for 2 minutes, set aside.
  2. Cook noodles as directed and then scoop enough beef stock to cover. Top with daikon slices, beef shank slices, coriander, garlic leek (or green onion) and chili oil. Serve hot!
Nutrition Facts
Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1248 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 304mg101%
Sodium 3115mg135%
Potassium 732mg21%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 107g214%
Vitamin A 555IU11%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 255mg26%
Iron 18.5mg103%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.