Taiwanese Beef "No"odle Soup

Happy New Year! It's been awhile, but I made a resolution that I would refocus and share some more of my favorite recipes with you all. It has been about 0-15 degrees (F) the past two weeks. I have been churning out bone broth every 2-3 days. I will be posting in a few days on some bone broth varieties.

 miracle noodle and coconut amino's by coconut secret   

miracle noodle and coconut amino's by coconut secret


One of the soups that I miss eating an AIP Paleo diet is Taiwanese beef noodle soup. I use Coconut aminos (affiliate link) in this recipe which is close to soy sauce in taste, but slightly sweeter. This is close enough that it hits the spot. I narrowed down the ingredients to the key ones. 

Star anise is a key ingredient in this dish. If you like pho, then you will like this. Star anise has a slight licorice taste to it and distinct smell.

My favorite new thing is miracle noodles (affiliate link highlighted). Caveat, it smells odd, but I find in soups and stir fries I can't taste it at all. It acts exactly like a noodle or rice and the texture is very similar to bean thread noodles. I prefer this far more than zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. If you feel strange about miracle noodles, enoki mushrooms are a great substitute.  Cut off the bottom and add. They looks just like noodles when they cook down. 





4 cups of store bought or  homemade chicken bone broth (5-6 lbs of chicken backs or wings + water on manual for 120 min)
1.5 cups coconut aminos
4 star anise
1 teaspoon 5 spice
1 TB minced ginger (I LOVE ginger people organic minced ginger)
3 lb beef (either boneless shank OR boneless short rib/beef chuck)
6 garlic, minced (omit if AIP)
1 onion, diced (omit if AIP)


4 TB Red Boat fish sauce
2 TB minced ginger
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups spinach
one bunch of scallions (chopped and set aside to garnish)
cilantro (garnish)
miracle noodles (I like angel hair for this recipe, texture is like bean thread noodles OR enoki mushrooms if you don't feel comfortable with miracle noodles)
red pepper flakes


Instant Pot


Place all soup ingredients into the Instant pot. I know a lot of people prefer to sear the meat before adding ingredients in. I have two toddlers and I am lazy so I choose to skip the additional step of searing and then adding. If you feel so inclined, go for it! You could also cut the beef up into little pieces, but once again I am lazy so i prefer to cook longer and then shred. Your choice. If you are cubing into small pieces, hit "manual" and "meat/stew". If you are doing larger pieces of meat, hit "manual" and move the arrow up to 55 minutes. close the seal and let it go.

Once the soup is done, release the valve. Pull  out the beef and shred, add back in. Mix in the fish sauce, spinach, ginger and salt. Drain and cut your miracle noodles. Either add to the pot or individually to bowls. Ladle soup and add scallions and cilantro (don't skip this unless you hate cilantro). If you like some kick, add some red pepper flakes. Enjoy!