Instant Pot Red Braised Chinese Beef Noodle Soup (HongShaoNiuRouMian | 红烧牛肉面)
Instant Pot Red Braised Chinese Beef Noodle Soup (Hong Shao Niu Rou Mian | 红烧牛肉面)
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Red braised Chinese beef noodle soup (红烧牛肉面 or hóngshāo niúròu miàn) is one of our favourite meals, and I love that I can now prepare it in a fraction of the time using an electric pressure cooker such as the Instant Pot!
In my personal opinion, the more chilli bean sauce the better! But if you're cooking this for people who prefer less spicy foods, you can reduce the sauce to one tablespoon, which is enough for a medium degree of spiciness with a gentle, warming heat.
The 'low and slow' braising method means that it's best to choose a cheaper cut of meat with some marbling and texture. The braising process will break down all the tough fibres, and you'll be left with melt-in-your-mouth tender cubes of beef that are full of flavour! I recommend using beef shin (beef shank) for red braised Chinese beef noodle soup, but you could use any kind of stewing beef.
Red braised Chinese beef noodle soup is typically served with long wheat flour noodles and some green vegetables, all in one large bowl. Feel free to use any kind of noodles you like, although we typically use pre-cut flat noodles. Handmade or hand pulled noodles also work great with this dish. For greens, we use pak choi, but you could also use gai lan (Chinese broccoli), choy sum or spinach.