Love Ramen? Why not create your own noodle bowl at home instead of heading out to the often over-priced restaurants? Inspired by Castle Milk Stout, J’Something’s easy-to-create short rib and udon noodle bowl is a favourite Asian takeaway dish which you can make at home for family and friends. According to J’Something, slow cooking the short rib in the stout beer helps to tenderise it beautifully. Chewy udon noodles have a mild flavour that’s wonderful with the delicate spices in this rich beef broth.

Short Rib and Udon Noodle Bowl

Difficulty: Very easy
Serves: 4
Hands-on Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 5 hours
Oven Temperature: 180°C

Ingredients:

1.5kg beef short ribs, cut into 5cm pieces
4 Tbsps. fresh ginger, finely chopped
¼ cup soy sauce
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2½ Tbsps. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. Chinese 5-spice
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
3 red onions, cut into wedges
1 cup good quality beef stock
250ml Castle Milk Stout
3 heads baby pak choy, coarsely chopped
4 spring onions, sliced, plus more for serving
Udon noodles
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced
2 Tbsps. sesame seeds

Method:

· Combine the short ribs, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, Chinese 5-spice, salt and pepper in a large cast iron pot and mix well.

· Cook short ribs until browned, then add the onions, stock and Castle Milk Stout and stir to combine.

· Cover pot with lid and cook on medium heat (a slow simmer is good) for 4-5 hours until the beef is tender.

· Remove from heat and stir in the pak choy until the pak choy is just wilted and still bright green. Cover and set aside.

· Cook Udon noodles according to package instructions.

· Serve noodles in bowls topped with the short ribs and garnish with spring onions, red chilli and sesame seeds.

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