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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowl (Gluten-free)

This Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowl recipe is easy to make and perfect for meal prep for the busy week ahead. Not only are these beef noodle bowls versatile, this recipe also happens to be gluten-free, dairy free, healthy, and hugely flavorful.

taiwanese beef noodle bowl

Taiwanese Style Beef Noodles

My parents are both from Taiwan and though I’ve never traveled there myself, I feel like I know the flavors of their local food already. In part, that’s due to my parents’ fabulous cooking. In their kitchen, a pinch of this and a dash of that creates taste bud magic.

To this day, Dad still starts each day with a big bowl of noodles. My boys get a huge kick out of that. To most of us, that sounds rather funky, but noodles are a morning staple in many parts of the world.

The noodles-before-noon routine was never my thing (I’m a Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole kind of girl)… but I’m all in when it comes to making a big batch of Taiwanese beef noodle bowls as a healthy and hearty dinner for the fam. I aim to make enough for at least a couple of nights, which is so awesome for busy weeks.

A big batch of this flavorful beef with sauce is perfection over all kinds of noodles (including rice noodles and other gluten free noodles,) all varieties of rice, and even in lettuce wraps…

taiwanese beef noodles in a pan

What Ingredients Are needed for Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowls?

  • Noodles of your choice; gluten free noodles, rice noodles, or just rice if you prefer. You’ll want to cook your noodles just to al dente, rinse/drain, toss with toasted sesame oil, and keep warm until ready to serve.
  • I use 90% lean ground beef to keep things, well, lean.
  • Beef broth; go with regular strength broth. Homemade or store bought both work.
  • Gluten free Oyster sauce and gluten-free Tamari soy sauce, both of which provide that fabulous umami flavor
  • Chinese five-spice powder gives an aromatic depth; you don’t want to skip this.
  • Honey is perfect for that bit of sweet that goes almost unnoticed yet is super important for balancing the flavors.
  • Aromatics: fresh garlic, onion, and green onions are essential here.
  • I add bamboo shoots, which everyone in my fam fights over. Bamboo shoots are easily found with canned goods in Asian aisles of most major grocery stores.
taiwanese noodles with beef in a bowl

Got any tips for the Best Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowls?

Yes 🙂  Here are our favorite simple tips to ensure your beef noodle bowls come out perfect every time:

  • Cook the beef/sauce mixture first and the noodles last. It’s easier to keep the beef and sauce warm than it is to keep cooked noodles from sticking if cooked too early.
  • After noodles are cooked, rinsed, and drained, drizzle with toasted sesame oil and the following seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and pepper. This ensures that every bite has intensely delicious flavors.
  • Use fresh garlic and onion, rather than powdered versions. The fresh aromatics simply taste better.
  • If bamboo shoots aren’t your thing, try water chestnuts or another type of veggie that gives some crunch to the overall texture.
  • Keep beef/sauce separate from cooked noodles until ready to serve. Keep leftovers separate as well, combining only when ready to serve.
  • Try the beef sauce over rice noodles, jasmine rice, brown rice, or any variety of grains. It’s also yummy in a lettuce wrap.
Asian noodles with beef in a bowl

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A Bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodle with Sliced Onion

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowl (Gluten-free)

5 from 4 ratings
This Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowl recipe is easy to make and perfect for meal prep for the busy week ahead. Not only are these beef noodle bowls wonderfully delicious, this recipe happens to be gluten-free, dairy free, and lean. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

For the Beef and Sauce:

  • ½ cup regular strength beef broth
  • 2 TB gluten-free Asian oyster sauce
  • 4 TB gluten-free Tamari, or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp seasoned Asian rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice powder
  • 1 TB pure honey
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly peeled/minced ginger
  • 7 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 lbs 90% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup canned bamboo shoots, drained

For the Noodles:

Instructions

  • In a bowl, gently whisk together the beef broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, five-spice powder, and honey to combine well. Set aside.
  • In a large, deep skillet, add 2 TB olive oil over medium high heat until oil is hot. Add onion and stir 1 minute. Add ginger and garlic, stirring another 1-2 min or until aromatic. Add ground beef and your set-aside bowl of soy sauce mixture. Cook, breaking up the beef into small bits, until fully cooked through; about 2-3 min. Add bamboo shoots, stir, and turn heat off. Cover to keep warm.
  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to boil. Cook your choice of noodles just to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain fully, give noodles a brief rinse with warm water, and drain again to remove all excess water. Return cooked noodles back to large pot, now empty. Toss noodles with 2 TB olive oil and 2 TB toasted sesame oil to coat. Add onion powder, garlic powder, and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Divide noodles into individual bowls and spoon generously with warm beef and sauce. Top with freshly sliced green onions.

Notes

Keep leftover noodles and beef sauce in separate containers in fridge until ready to toss and serve.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 70.2g | Protein: 18.2g | Fat: 17.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 45.4mg | Sodium: 390.9mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 5.9g
Course: beef, Dinner, Main, Pasta
Cuisine: Asian
Method: Stovetop

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38 comments

    • Lydia Smith

    This looks so yummy and delicious. I just want to have a bowl of this meal. So sure it taste good.

    • Daisy Blue

    I love love you photos! I just needed to tell you that. You’re talented!

    • lalakerry

    What a wonderful recipe. I’m a noodle type of person and if I able to make this, for sure I will be making it a lot in a week. However can I change the bamboo shoot to others ingredient?

    • Shannon Gurnee

    This looks like a delicious meal! I love anything with noodles.

    • Wren Marie

    This looks delicious! I am always looking for great food that is Gluten free.

    • Danielle

    These bowls look so delicious! I love a noodle bowl and they are so easy ti make.

    • Crystal Carder

    I have been eating noodles a lot lately. I love how this recipe puts meat into it and it looks so yummy!

    • thismomisgoingplaces

    Ok, I’m hungry now! LOL Seriously, it looks delicious and on top of that is healthy! Can’t get better than that!

    • missfirestar

    This is exactly what I need to cover my macros in a deli way! Filled with protein and good carbs, super healthy!

    • ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb)

    YUM! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight, thanks!

    • clairebeary94

    Ooo I want some! Beef noodles are always great but homemade ones are unique & delicious.

    • Kate Murray

    Love a good noodle bowl! This is a great idea for a recipe for a weeknight, I will definitely be giving it a try!

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    This looks SO good! What I would do for a bowl of this right now – I’m going to have to make this for myself.

    • Angela

    You make it look so straightforward that I am tempted to give it a go. It looks very tasty.

    • Lyosha Varezhkina

    Looks ideal! So very filling! And gluten free is ideal for my weekend cooking when we meet with the rest of the family, I have a lot of family members with gluten intolerance.

    • Stacie

    That looks amazing. I’m a big fan of Asian food in all varieties, and I’ve just recently started trying my hand at making dishes for the family. This is definitely going into my rotation!

    • indu

    This can be wonderful party dish. And with the recipe at hand this will not be difficult to cook.

    • Cristina Petrini

    Yummy! I get hungry just by looking at the pictures! It’s an absolute recipe to try!

    • Luna S

    This looks delicious, I love the addition of green onions, they add a nice pop to any dish both flavor and color wise.

    • Chad
    • 5 stars

    I super love this beef noodle recipe, it looks so delicious and i thought it would be very difficult to cook, it is not! Thank you.

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome! Glad you like this 🙂

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