Vegan Taiwanese "Beef" Noodle Soup with Braised Tofu and Veggies

October 13, 2020
Taiwanese beef noodle soup is one of the national dishes of Taiwan. Growing up, we were all huge fans of this dish—my parents made their own versions at home. I've veganized it with the same rich, fragrant soup I loved as a kid, with juicy mushrooms, tender carrots and hearty tofu.

Perfect for cooler days, and you can freeze the soup for later. The noodle soup broth is complex and savory, and this homemade version is no exception. Hope you enjoy!
taiwanese noodle soup with tofu and vegetables in a blue bowl

Vegan Taiwanese “Beef” Noodle Soup with Braised Tofu and Veggies

utensils YIELDS 4-6 servings
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  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 5-6 Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 6 slices Ginger
  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp Five Spice Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 4 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 block Tofu, sliced
  • 1 large Carrot, sliced into chunks
  • 2 medium Zucchini, sliced into chunks
  • 6-8 Dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked and reconstituted
  • 4-6 nests Chinese wheat noodles
  • 2 cups Hot water
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1. Firstly, prepare the soup base. Place the star anise, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and sichuan peppercorns in 2 cups of hot water.

2. Stir the garlic, onion and ginger over medium high heat in a large pot. Add the five spice powder, cumin, light and dark soy sauce.

3. Pour the soup base into the pot.

4. Add the tofu, carrot, zucchini and whole mushrooms.

5. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 30 minutes, until carrots are soft and tender.

6. While the soup is cooking, cook the Chinese wheat noodles. Depending on the thickness of the noodles you selected, typically you’d boil the noodles for about 2-4 minutes.

7. Time to serve! Place one noodle nest in a bowl, pour the soup and add vegetables on top. Enjoy. 😊

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Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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