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!

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

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 45 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Get all the gloriousness of Taiwanese beef noodle soup but in half the time with making it in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker)!


  • 2 1/2 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
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 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


  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. In the meantime, cook the noodles and divide evenly into bowls.

  5. Once the pressure cooker is done and pressure is released, add meat and soup on top of noodles.

Recipe Notes

Recipe 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.


Posted on February 13, 2017

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  1. Kerri
    02/13/2017 at 8:06 am

    gotta say – looking at the photos alone has me craving this! :P

    • Julie
      02/13/2017 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks lady!!!

  2. dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    02/13/2017 at 10:56 am

    i cant wait to buy an instant pot. every culture seems to have a variation of noodle soup, i shared a Nepali version today with chicken. I am absolutely digging the noodles and soup looks delightful.

    • Julie
      02/13/2017 at 5:26 pm

      I love different cultures and their classic meals!

  3. Gaby Dalkin
    02/13/2017 at 12:54 pm

    I can’t think of a better dish to keep me warm this winter! :)

  4. Marla Meridith
    02/13/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Glad to hear you are feeling better, this soup looks fantastic!

  5. Maria
    02/13/2017 at 8:57 pm

    Pressure cookers are amazing! Glad your feeling better!

  6. Sarah
    02/14/2017 at 11:50 pm

    I’m dying, my husband requested Taiwanese beef noodle soup for dinner tonight. He said to me yesterday “use the instant pot” to which I replied ‘I don’t know how to convert my recipe to the instant pot, but I’m sure I’ll find one on the internet sometime.’ Well what do you know… here it is! Thank you! (And you are right, nothing compares to those street venders in Taiwan 😋)

    • Julie
      02/15/2017 at 1:27 pm

      Omg, that’s hilarious and awesome at the same time! Yay!! :)

  7. 2pots2cook
    02/15/2017 at 4:07 am

    Thank you for this symphony of flavours. Will do for a week end !

  8. Jenny Flake
    02/15/2017 at 6:46 am

    What a perfect dinner! Love these flavors!!

  9. Sommer @aspicyperspective
    02/15/2017 at 9:49 am

    Now this a bowl food of comforting flavors! Yum!

  10. Vicki
    02/18/2017 at 10:24 pm

    This sounds delicious. I don’t have a pressure cooker, can it be adapted to a Dutch oven and cooked low and slow?

    • Julie
      02/21/2017 at 7:31 am

      Yes, definitely! My mom has done it both ways.

  11. Jennifer
    02/19/2017 at 8:29 pm

    This looks delicious! I have been on a major soup kick ever since it’s gotten cold out!

  12. OO
    07/09/2017 at 5:49 pm

    Looks good! How many cups of water did you use for this recipe?

    • Julie
      07/10/2017 at 10:40 am

      Hi, in step #2 it says why I don’t add water to this recipe.

      • Peg
        09/10/2017 at 1:20 pm

        What is your favorite noodle for this recipe.
        I can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

      • Julie
        09/12/2017 at 9:16 am

        I just use regular udon noodles

  13. lilian lin
    07/16/2017 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! Just got an instant pot and I cant wait to try this. Up til now, I always had to wait til my grandma felt like making her amazing beef noodle soup=p

  14. Marissa
    09/10/2017 at 6:54 pm

    I was born in Taipei and my mom learned to cook from a famous chef while we were still there. One of our favorite comfort food had always been her beef noodle soup. Sadly, she passed away a few years ago and her recipe was lost in the shuffle as I was never great at cooking. :( My husband who’s American LOVED her beef noodle soup so I’ve been searching everywhere for a recipe similar to hers. Yours look very similar so I’m definitely going to give this one a try! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Bones
    09/23/2017 at 10:12 pm

    Haha, I just got an Instapot–and over a stomach virus! My son and I are gonna try your recipe tomorrow night, because we’re craving the (as we know it) Braised Beef Soup Noodle Own Gravy. Thank your mom for the recipe!

  16. Barbara Miller
    09/27/2017 at 12:54 pm

    I was kind of disappointed with the recipe. I thought you would rewrite your Moms recipe to show how to use the actual Instant Pot. Do we set it to cook on the meat setting for 25 minutes? Do we natural or quick release the pressure? or a combination of both…if so what time for each? TY for clearing this up for me.

    • Julie
      09/28/2017 at 8:44 am

      What do you mean you thought I’d rewrite my mom’s recipe to show how to use it in the actual Instant Pot? I did do that. Did you see the recipe that is included in this post? In step 3 it says exactly what to do. It also says in step 5 “once pressure is released.” – it can be either or…quick release or natural.

  17. Linda
    10/08/2017 at 2:55 am

    We just returned from Taipei two days ago and we all loved the beef noodle soup there. We are still at the table after eating your soup and it was a winner! We all loved it!
    I used a pound of beef short ribs, fat cut off as much as possible, and a pound of beef brisket.
    I mostly followed the recipe as written but I added a little 5 spice powder to it and one dried chili.
    Pressure cooked a little longer than stated (instant pot on manual 45 mins total) because the meat needed a little longer to get tender.
    The soup was very concentrated so I used half of the lightly salted water that we used for cooking the noodles and half of the soup mixture. Served with some choi sum on top. Kids said it was better than the ones they had in Taiwan! Thank you!

    • Julie
      10/08/2017 at 8:26 am

      Wow, that’s a great compliment!! Better than the ones in Taiwan?? Omg, thank you!!!

  18. Tony
    10/09/2017 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I made it today and it was phenomenal and less daunting than I thought. Cheers!

    • Julie
      10/09/2017 at 8:32 pm

      Great to hear!! Thanks for the feedback!

  19. Zaki
    11/06/2017 at 10:14 am

    “You DON’T need to add water because the beef naturally releases water throughout the cooking process.”


    “add…soup on top of noodles”

    I’m confused, how does the pressure-cooked beef makes the soup without water?

    • Julie
      11/06/2017 at 10:44 am

      because, like the instruction says, the beef naturally releases water/liquid throughout the cooking process, therefore making the soup/liquid. when you cook with a pressure cooker, meats release a lot of liquid from the pressure and uses that to create the steam and pressure. trust me, i’ve done this a lot and have watched my mom do it. you can always read in other comments on this post that people have made it using my instructions and it has come out perfectly fine :)

  20. Zaki
    11/06/2017 at 10:15 am

    Also, for non-alcoholics, what are the best substitute for Chinese cooking wine?

    • Julie
      11/06/2017 at 10:47 am

      There is actually not much you can do to substitute it. You should just omit it.

  21. Caiti
    11/10/2017 at 4:34 pm

    I made this and it turned out perfectly. Super delicious ans EASY. I substituted a couple spoons of tomato paste since I didn’t have fresh tomatoes. Also added little chicken stock post pressure cooking to get more good that good soup.

  22. Daisy Phillips
    11/11/2017 at 8:11 pm

    So since your mom does the meat mode twice, does she release the pressure and then set it again?

    • Julie
      11/12/2017 at 6:12 pm

      Nope, she just presses it again haha

  23. Melissa
    11/12/2017 at 11:07 pm

    Loved it! Followed it except I added an extra pound of beef shank while so I could make beef rolls too

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