Asian Beef Noodle Soup

Serves 4
Calories per serving: 482 


  • For the broth
    • 4 cups chicken or beef broth
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 thin slices peeled ginger
    • 2 whole pieces star anise
    • 1 small 1/2-inch section cinnamon stick
    • 1/4 shallot, thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, plus extra for serving
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper 
  • For the garnish
    • 8 ounces dried Asian rice noodles
    • 1/2 pound boneless beef sirloin or London broil, trimmed of any fat, frozen
    • 1 small head romaine lettuce, shredded, or 2 cups shredded Savoy cabbage
  • 1 rounded cup bean sprouts
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, seeded, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radish
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs 
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded, stemmed and minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts, chopped
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame oil, for serving
  • Hoisin sauce, for serving 


  1. For the cooking liquid, in a large saucepan, bring the broth, water, ginger, star anise, cinnamon and shallot to a boil. Reduce heat to very low, partially cover, and simmer 15 minutes; remove spices with a slotted spoon. Add soy sauce and pepper; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, soak noodles in cold water to cover until softened and pliable, 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. With a very sharp knife, cut uncooked beef across the grain into very thin slices; arrange on a serving plate and refrigerate until ready to serve. Arrange all of the other vegetables, herbs, chopped peanuts and lime wedges on a second, large platter.
  4. Drain noodles in a colander. Add to boiling water and cook, stirring, 45 seconds. Drain noodles again.
  5. To serve, bring broth to a boil. Divide steak slices between 4 large serving bowls. Ladle broth over noodles. Add noodles, vegetables and herbs to each bowl. Diners can season their soup with lime wedges, salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, and/or hoisin sauce, as they like.