What is actually more satisfying on a chilly drop or wintertime night than a hearty, warm bowl of spicy beef with hand-pulled noodles?

Jason Wang, the CEO and owner of Xi’an Well-known Meals, which has numerous spots across New York Town, joined “Very good Morning The usa” to talk about the very hot spot’s new cookbook, “Xi’an Well-known Food items: The Delicacies of Western China, from New York’s Most loved Noodle Shop” and shared a well-known recipe to recreate at dwelling.

“We choose wonderful delight in currently being capable to bring our tradition into our delicacies,” Wang mentioned, incorporating that just one of the most worthwhile items for him is to see “a Chinese diner savoring the food items, anyone who could possibly know a minor about the foods previously and desires a flavor of property, having along with with individuals who may well hardly ever have experienced the food stuff in advance of.”

Wang also reported he is “genuinely excited” mainly because the cookbook is the upcoming stage in building his food and society even extra available to persons who want to learn far more about it.

Spicy and Tingly Beef

“I like to imagine of this pairing as China’s variation of burgers and fries, a typical, simple beef dish that all people has had in their lifestyle,” Wang writes in the e-book. “The depth of taste is 1st made from the red meat and the funky, soy-like Pixian bean sauce, but this dish’s contacting card is the ma la, or spicy and tingly features thanks to both heady chili peppers and fruity Sichuan peppercorns.”

“And not like numerous other dishes in this reserve, this recipe will come with a wallop of Sichuan peppercorn powder instead than an infused oil. Which is all to say, be cautious when consuming this dish. At initially, the heat could possibly truly feel workable, an undercurrent to the tender braised beef and aromatic garlic-onion mix, but quite a few bites in and the pepper spice commences to construct, your mouth starts to subtly vibrate, your tongue feels a familiar tingle and before long adequate, you’re enduring the practically-euphoric brain-clearing high of a strong ma la kick.”

Wang’s favored way to serve this beef is with biang biang noodles, yet another recipe showcased in the new cookbook.


11 ounces (310 g) beef shank

1½ tablespoons vegetable oil

2 green onions, trimmed and sliced

1½-inch (4 cm) piece refreshing ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced

¼ medium crimson onion, diced

1 star anise pod, damaged

2 dried crimson chili peppers, slash into ¼-inch segments

1½ teaspoons Pixian bean sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine

¼ teaspoon sugar

¼ large tomato, diced

1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorn powder

1 teaspoon Crimson Chili Powder


In a substantial pot, submerge the beef in water. Set more than significant heat, deal with the pot, and convey to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, then turn off the warmth.

Eliminate the meat to a cutting board to interesting and discard the water. When awesome more than enough to cope with, lower into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes. In a significant pot, warmth the vegetable oil more than medium warmth for 1 moment.

Incorporate the eco-friendly onion, ginger, garlic, onion, star anise, and dried pink chilis and sauté for 30 seconds, or right up until fragrant. Minimize heat to medium, insert the Pixian bean sauce, stir, and cook for 30 seconds, or until crimson oil is introduced and fragrant. Increase beef and blend. Add the soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar and 2 cups (480 ml) drinking water. Cover the pot, change the warmth up to large and convey to a boil. Once boiling, flip the heat down to medium.

Simmer for 30 minutes included, then uncover the pot and cook dinner at a reduced boil for an further 20 minutes or until eventually the meat is tender and the sauce is lowered.

Incorporate the tomatoes, Sichuan peppercorn powder and crimson chili powder and stir to merge. Transform off the warmth and permit sit, lined, for 5 minutes before serving.

Chef’s Tips

Blanching the beef rids it of impurities, which we do not want in our stew.

The key spices that give this dish its spicy and tingly flavors are the Pixian bean sauce, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, along with a trinity of fresh new ginger, garlic and onions. When the stew is additional to noodles, the noodles are also tossed with a black rice vinegar and soy sauce combine together with our possess proprietary chili oil to build the concluded noodle dish.

Sichuan peppercorns commonly do the job well jointly with Pixian bean sauce or red chili oil. They are natural matches and are common in Sichuan delicacies, as very well as Xi’an delicacies.

The variety of noodles would be the form we are showing them, which are termed biang biang noodles or hand-ripped noodles

Any knife performs to lower the dough! We use a Chinese chef knife — it is huge and cuts dough greater than a skinnier common chef’s knife.

To avoid the dough from sticking though rolling it out, soon after it is really blended to the suitable consistency and rested, it truly is not that sticky to the contact at all — much more like Enjoy-doh texture. Items of dough are kept individual from just about every other by lathering on vegetable oil to both preserve them from sticking to every single other and also from drying or crusting.

Reprinted from “Xi’an Renowned Food items: The Delicacies of Western China,” from New York’s Preferred Noodle Shop. Copyright © 2020 by Jason Wang with Jessica K. Chou. Images © 2020 by Jenny Huang. Released by ABRAMS.