Food Brings Families Together: Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup & Mexican Enchiladas

Beef StewEva’s Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Some of us inherit a knack for keen coordination or the ability to remember names, while others effortlessly acquire their mother’s pie baking talents. As part of our One Stylish Celebration, we asked our Facebook friends and co-workers to share their favorite family recipes with us. Check out the secret to HR Generalist Eva’s mouth-watering Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, pictured above, and learn how writer Erin makes talk of the town enchiladas!

Eva’s Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

1 lb of beef shank, cubed
1 cup carrots
1 medium tomato
2 stalks green onion
2 teaspoons Szechuan peppercorn
2 tablespoons chili bean paste
1 tablespoon sweet flour paste
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 cups soy sauce
12 cups beef stock
3 tablespoons sugar
2 pieces star anise
Vegetable oil
White pepper, to taste

  1. Stir fry schechuan pepper corn with oil, green onion over medium heat until fragrant.
  2. Strain the items from step 1 and put into a spice bag for later.
  3. Using the oil from step 1, stir fry beef cubes for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the spices and continue to stir fry for another 5 minutes.
  5. Put in stock and carrots and spice bag. Simmer for 4 hours until beef is tender. Enjoy!

Erin’s Mexican Enchiladas

12 – 18 corn tortillas
1 lb. boiled and shredded chicken breast
12 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 – 4 chopped green onions
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
1 28 oz. can of green enchilada sauce (You can also make your own sauce if you’d prefer!)
½ cup canola oil (Optional)
11 x 7-inch baking dish

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the chicken breast, 6 oz. of cheese, green onions, cilantro, whipping cream, and half the can (14 oz.) of enchilada sauce in a bowl.
  3. Optional step: Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat and fry each tortilla until soft.  This takes about 10 – 20 seconds per tortilla.  Set them aside on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. If you choose not to use oil, just microwave the tortillas in a paper towel until soft, about 1 minute.
  4. Fill each tortilla with 2 – 3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture and roll.  Place each rolled enchilada into a baking dish until they are snuggling resting in your dish.  This usually takes between 12 – 18 tortillas, depending on how much you fill each one.
  5. Pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce evenly over the rolled enchiladas and top it off with the remainder of the shredded cheese.  Bake until all of the cheese is melted, about 30 – 45 minutes.
  6. Serve with Spanish rice, beans, and/or guacamole and a glass of sangria!

As always, we’d love to read your personal favorite recipes in the comments below!


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    Kristen 09/30/2010 at 12:26 pm #

    There’s no noodles listed in the recipe for “Eva’s Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup”? What type are used and when are they added?

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    Richard (ModCloth) 09/30/2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I HAVE to try that Eva’s soup. Though, I’m just curious: What is a spice bag?

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      Eva (ModCloth) 10/20/2010 at 2:21 am #

      Little cotton bags that you can get from Chinatown. 🙂

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    Natasha (ModCloth) 09/30/2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I am so hungry!

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    Dana 10/01/2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Way to converge a couple of my favorite things — ModCloth and food — for this Friday morning.

    And Richard, the totally unhelpful answer is, YOU’RE a spice bag! (Sorry. Couldn’t help it.)

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      Irwin (ModCloth) 10/01/2010 at 4:47 pm #

      That looks delicious! Nothing like a nice hot soup noodle on a cool, crisp morning. The spicy commentary is optional… o_O

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    Jenny 10/01/2010 at 5:03 pm #

    the noodles from Asian specialty stores.

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    Laura G 10/04/2010 at 6:33 pm #

    I’m taiwanese, and you can use any noodle, really. There are specific ones you can get from Asian grocery stores, but my favorite are fetuccini noodles!

    Also, spice bag: A bag that contains spices. (seriously, though.. a tiny little sealable plastic bag is handy, but you can just stick them in a little dish)

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    Eva (ModCloth) 10/20/2010 at 2:21 am #

    Oops. Forgot the noodles! Any noodle, as long as it’s not egg noodle, will do! 🙂

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