noodles in a Chinese beef brother with white radish, seared beef, chopped cilantro and scallion and chili oil

Niurou Lamian (Chinese Beef Noodle Soup)

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Yield: 4-6 large bowls 1x


Niu rou la mian is a Hui dish from Western China consisting of beef bone broth, fresh noodles, scallion, cilantro and Chinese chile oil. #beef #noodles #Chinesefoodrecipes #soup



  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) beef soup bones
  • 23 stalks of celery with leaves attached
  • 5 shallots (cut in half)
  • 1 head of garlic (crushed)
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/2 small cinnamon stick
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 8 cm/ 3 inch ginger (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp white peppercorns
  • 2 green cardamom (crushed)
  • 35 L (100 fl oz –170 fl oz) water
  • 1 medium sized daikon
  • cilantro (finely chopped)
  • scallions (finally chopped)
  • Chinese Chile Oil
  • freshly made noodles (cooked)
  • Chinese black vinegar (optional)
  • light soy sauce (optional)
  • 300400g (10.5 -14 oz) topside
  • Preheat oven to 220C/450F.


  1. Place beef bones, celery, garlic and shallots in a large baking tray then generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven at 220C/450F for an hour.
  2. Transfer browned bones, celery, garlic and shallots along with any of the roasting juices into the large stock pot along with peeled and sliced ginger, spices and water.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 4-5 hours.  Remove any scum that might bubble to the top with a slotted spoon.  The longer it simmers, the better it’ll be so let it simmer for as long as you can.
  4. When ready, separate the stock from the bones and spices using a sieve.
  5. Remove any meat from the bones, roughly chop it up and add it to the stock.
  6. Discard bones and spices.
  7. Chop the daikon into thin half moons and add to the stock.
  8. Bring stock to a boil and cook until white radish is tender.  This shouldn’t take long (about 2-3 minutes)
  9. Season with salt to taste.
  10. Meanwhile, season topside on both sides with salt and pepper.
  11. Add oil to a frying pan and sear on medium high heat on both sides (should be 2-3 minutes on each side).
  12. Take out of the pan and let rest for 5 minutes then thinly slice.
Assembling Niuro Lamian
  1. Put noodles in bowl then top with chopped cilantro, scallions and thinly sliced beef .
  2. Fill bowl with ladles of soup and add a splash of chile oil and black vinegar (optional).  Serve hot!

  • Category: Soup, Noodles
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese, beef, noodle, soup

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