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Cold soba noodles in beef broth (延吉冷面)

Slippery noodles in ice cold soup, served with various healthy toppings, cold soba noodles in beef broth is a perfect dish to cool you down in hot weather.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Beef, Noodles
Servings: 2
Author: Wei Guo


For braising the beef

  • 500 g beef shank or beef brisket, cut into large chunks 18oz
  • 1200 ml water 5 cups
  • 2 stalks spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
  • 1 star-anise
  • 1 small piece cassia cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn optional
  • 1 pinch fennel seeds optional
  • 3 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon white rice vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon rock sugar or regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For each bowl of broth

  • 4 teaspoon white rice vinegar
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

You also need

  • 170 g dried soba noodles 6oz
  • 1 egg
  • ½ apple, sliced
  • 200 g cucumber, julienned 7oz
  • Kimchi to taste
  • Red chilli paste aka Gochujang, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


  • Blanch beef in boiling water then drain. In a clean pot, add beef, water, spices and seasonings. Bring water to a boil then leave to simmer for 1-1.5 hours.
  • When completely cool, place beef and broth (discard spring onion, ginger, spices and the fat floating on the surface if there is any) in separate containers. Store in the fridge for at least 1 hour (see note 1).
  • Cook soba noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain and rinse under running water to cool fully.
  • Meanwhile boil egg. Peel and halve it.
  • Pour cooled broth into two large serving bowls. Add vinegar, sugar and salt. Cut the beef into thin slices (see note 2).
  • Place the noodles into two bowls. Top with beef, egg, apple, cucumber, kimchi and red chilli paste. Sprinkle sesame seeds over.


1. The beef chunks need to be cooled in the fridge before slicing (otherwise it falls apart easily). If you’d like the broth even cooler, place it in the freezer for a short while until ice fragments begin to form.
2. You are likely to have leftover beef slices, keep them in the fridge for the next meal. They taste delicious with just a little homemade chilli oil.