Egg noodles are very similar to Italian pasta, and the ratios used here are just the same as in whole-egg pasta. This recipe is inspired by a dish from a five-dollar-a-bowl Chinese noodle restaurant in New York. The braised beef is adapted from Fuchsia Dunlop's Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook.
- 2 tbsp peanut oil
- 2½ tbsp ground chilli bean paste (see note)
- 15 gm (3cm piece) ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 each cassia quill and star anise
- 500 gm beef shin, cut into 5cm cubes
- 110 gm beef tendon (about 2 pieces; see note)
- 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- ¼ tsp each Sichuan peppercorns and fennel seeds
- 3 green cardamom pods
- To serve: brown or black Chinese vinegar, light soy sauce, coarsely chopped coriander and sliced spring onion (optional)
Roasted chilli oil
- 20 gm dried chilli flakes
- 125 ml (½ cup) peanut oil
- 300 gm (2 cups) “00” flour
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp peanut oil
- 1.5 litres (6 cups) chicken stock
- 60 ml (¼ cup) Shaoxing wine
- 60 ml (¼ cup) light soy sauce, or to taste
- 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 2 spring onions, coarsely chopped
- 25 gm (5cm piece) ginger, coarsely chopped
- ½ tsp each black peppercorns, Sichuan peppercorns and fennel seeds, cracked
- 1 piece dried mandarin peel
- 1 cassia quill
- 1Heat oil in a casserole or wok with a lid over medium-high heat. Add chilli bean paste and stir-fry until oil is fragrant (20-30 seconds), add ginger, cassia, star anise and stir until fragrant (20-30 seconds). Add beef shin and tendon, remaining ingredients and 1.5 litres water, bring to the boil, reduce heat to low-medium and cook, topping up with more water if necessary to keep beef completely covered, until beef shin is tender (2½-3 hours). Remove beef shin and set aside. Return pan to heat and cook tendon until tender (1-1½ hours).
- 2Meanwhile, for egg noodles, process ingredients in a food processor until a smooth dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside to rest (1 hour). Working with a quarter of the dough at a time, feed through a pasta machine, fold, then feed and roll, dusting with flour if necessary to prevent dough from sticking, and reducing settings notch by notch, until dough is 5mm-thick. Transfer to a lightly floured tray and repeat with remaining dough. Cut dough sheets to create ribbons 3-4cm wide, place on a floured tray and set aside, covered with a tea towel.
- 3Meanwhile, for roasted chilli oil, combine chilli and oil in a small saucepan and stir occasionally over low heat until fragrant (1-2 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- 4Meanwhile, for noodle broth, combine ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until well-flavoured (5-10 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve and keep hot.
- 5Cook noodles in boiling water until al dente (2-3 minutes). Strain and transfer to serving bowls, ladle over broth, then top with braised beef shin. Slice tendon and place on top, then serve with chilli oil, vinegar, soy sauce, coriander and spring onion, if desired.
Note Ground chilli bean paste is available from Chinese grocers. Order beef tendon in advance from your butcher.