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Instant Pot Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can make this deliciously flavorful, tender, and cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup right at home!

Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can make this deliciously flavorful, tender, and cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup right at home!

Its been a week. Last week I got hit with the stomach bug and that was definitely not my cup of tea. It knocked me on my butt for a good three days but thankfully, I have kicked the bug to the curb and I’m finally able to enjoy real food again.

You truly don’t miss real food until you can only eat saltines, rice, chicken, and boring, bland food, haha – it was rough. I was craving everything under the sun but I knew I had to let my body run its course before introducing crazy foods back into my system.

Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can make this deliciously flavorful, tender, and cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup right at home!

Back during Black Friday, the Instant Pot had a ridiculous deal. I bought one (which I haven’t unboxed yet because we are moving soon and I truly do not have any more space in the kitchen for another appliance) and can’t wait to use it.

My mom has been the biggest fan of pressure cookers for as long as I can remember. I remember her using one when we were really young and throwing racks of ribs into the pressure cooker when she got home from work around 5pm and us having the most tender, flavorful, and fall off the bone ribs for dinner. She would make the most amazing meat dishes in the pressure cooker and she has been telling me for about seven years now to get one.

I have always 1. been afraid of them and 2. kept saying I didn’t have kitchen space. Two of those points are still very valid; I’m still afraid of them because I just envision the entire thing blowing up (which I know that’s not really possible) and I definitely don’t have any more kitchen space hence why we are moving.

However, I am thrilled to be able to use a pressure cooker very soon because the amount of time this would save us in the evenings is pretty much right up my alley.

Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can make this deliciously flavorful, tender, and cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup right at home!

AND THEN…my mom told me you can make Taiwanese beef noodle soup in the pressure cooker and I about lost my mind. I don’t know why I never thought to do such thing (probably because I never thought I’d really own a pressure cooker) but ever since she made it for me one weekend, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

I LOVE Taiwanese beef noodle soup. The best is eating it in Taiwan. And it’s crazy but it’s wildly popular there year-round. Yes, I vividly remember going to the market with my parents and going to these stalls with lines of people getting beef noodle soup for lunch and then sitting on benches in suits/dress clothes slurping away in like 90 degree heat with humidity. WORTH IT.

Jason had his first authentic Taiwanese beef noodle soup when we went to Taiwan and he loved it. He loves when my mom makes it and he’s so excited that we can make it in the pressure cooker soon.

Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can make this deliciously flavorful, tender, and cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup right at home!

Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can make this deliciously flavorful, tender, and cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup right at home!

Instant Pot Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Get all the gloriousness of Taiwanese beef noodle soup but in half the time with making it in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker)!
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ pounds bone-in beef shank
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 3-4 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 piece of large ginger, sliced into large thin pieces
  • ⅓ - ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3-4 dried Thai red chilies, optional
  • 1-2 pounds Asian noodles, depends on how much soup vs. noodle ratio you like
  • Green onions, for topping

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil then blanch the beef shanks. You don't want to cook them all the way through, just about 2-3 minutes. This allows the impurities to get cooked off. Remove the beef shanks and discard the water with the impurities. 
  • Add the beef shanks to the pressure cooker then add the remaining ingredients. You DON'T need to add water because the beef naturally releases water throughout the cooking process.
  • Using the meat preset (or similar), pressure cook the beef. With my mom's pressure cooker, she had to run the meat preset twice. If this confuses you, just pressure cook it for 25-26 minutes.
  • In the meantime, cook the noodles and divide evenly into bowls.
  • Once the pressure cooker is done and pressure is released, add meat and soup on top of noodles.

Notes

If you feel the spices and liquid amounts are not enough, feel free to add more. My mom gave me this recipe and since she has been making this for years and years, she pretty much eyeballs it all so tweaking this recipe is very easy to do yourself :)
We typically serve this soup with a side of cooked spinach but you can with any vegetable of your choosing.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 590 kcal | Carbohydrates: 56 g | Protein: 61 g | Fat: 13 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Asian, Taiwanese
Keyword: beef, noodle, soup
Recipe Rating




Lillian

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

so you cut the meat up before blanching so the bone just gets cut out? is there a reason why we use bone in shank instead of boneless shank? also does the soup get strained since it has fennel seeds?

Julie Chiou

Friday 19th of March 2021

you can buy bone in beef shank that's already cut up for you into cubes. the reason why you use bone-in is because of flavor. no, the soup doesn't get strained; it should be ground fennel, apologies. i'll go correct that.

C. Ku

Monday 25th of January 2021

This is my husband’s favorite dish. When we check out new Chinese restaurants he always checks the menu to see if they have it. So glad I stumbled upon your recipe. I added water and ended up making my own udon noodles for the first time because my local grocery store didn’t have them. It was fun doing something new, the results were beyond delicious ( better than our local restaurant) and there was enough for me, my husband and our 3 kids ages 6,9 and 11 plus leftovers for 2... we like a lot of noodles. 😉

Andrew

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

This looks great! Are these rice noodles? I can't find anything like that around these parts.

Julie Wampler

Monday 20th of April 2020

I think my mom used udon noodles actually

Sue

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Possible to use stew beef instead of shank?

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

You could but I think it might end up being a little dry. Not sure, I haven't tried with stew beef.

Elizabeth

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It reminds me so much of my parents who have both passed away. I’ve always wanted to try making this but never thought it would be the same. Well, this was amazing and my husband said he even thinks it’s better than my parents’. So thank you for the recipe and allowing me to pass this down to my kids as well.