Vietnamese Noodle Bowls

  • 1 lb. finely cubed stew meat -- choose beef or lamb
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 3 cans beef broth
  • 8-10 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1 T. black bean sauce
  • 1-3 tsp. Thai chili garlic paste
  • 1/3 pkg. soba noodles (from 8 oz. package)
  • 2 c. baby spinach -- chopped
  • 3 green onions -- sliced

Brown the meat in the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan or deep skillet. When the meat is well-browned, add the beef broth and mushrooms and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Add the soy sauce, black bean sauce and Thai chili garlic paste to the saucepan and stir to combine. Return the mixture to a simmer.

Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms into thin strips and return to the saucepan. Simmer the mixture for another 15 minutes before adding the soba noodles to the pan. Increase the temperature to medium-high and cook until the noodles are soft and the beef is tender.

Immediately before serving, add the spinach and green onions. Serve by spooning the noodles, broth and vegetables into large bowls and ladling broth over it all.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes
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