Beef Noodle Soup

Beef Noodle is one of the most commonplace dishes in Hong Kong. It is a famous Chinese and Taiwanese noodle soup while it is often served as fast food in Hong Kong. Having beef, onions and green onions, bok choy, and noodle in the dish, it is a dish that many Hong Kong citizens grew up with. There are many variations of beef noodles while braised beef noodles, Szechuan beef noodle soup and tomato beef noodle are the top three beef noodle soups in Hong Kong.

As a popular dish, the dish can be found easily in any local Chinese restaurant. The dish in Cha-chaan-ten (Hong Kong style restaurant) and Dai Pai Dong is even cheaper. It takes only around 10-15 minutes from ordering to having the dish cooked. It seems easy for us to get access to the dish, the ingredients, nevertheless, come from another part of the world. What’s the story behind the dish? What pathways has each ingredient gone through? In the following part, we are going to trace the food networks of beef, onions and green onions, bok choy, and noodle.

Global Map

China supplies all ingredients – bok choy, onions and green onions, garlic and gender, beef and noodle for beef noodle. Apart from China, there are other countries providing food for Hong Kong as well. North America and Oceania both export beef, onions and green onions while India plays an important role in supplying beef. Noodle are imported from Japan and North America. The import of beef noodle ingredient from Europe and Africa is not significant. The global map shows the flow of all ingredients in the food network.

Ingredients

bok choy

Bok choy is a common vegetable consumed by every Chinese household. It is one of the commercial variants of Chinensis with choy sum and baby bok choy. Cultivated in China since ancient times, bok choy can be found in soups and stir-fries, appetizers and main dishes....

garlic and ginger

Ginger and garlic are native to Asia and used in a huge variety of Chinese dishes. They are deemed as the basic seasoning with their pungent flavor. The two ingredients are also used for both culinary and medical purpose. In beef noodle soup, garlic and ginger are...

green onions and onions

Onions and green onions are widely used for dishes in Hong Kong. It is almost essential to put onions or green onions when cooking to give the dish a flavor. But how do they come to our plates? Usually, green onions and onions will go through three main stages, namely...

egg or rice noodles

Undoubtedly, noodle is one of the essential ingredients for beef noodle soup. Unlike other ingredients which can be obtained naturally, noodle can only be obtained after some manufacturing processes on the raw materials such as flour and eggs. Therefore, In the...

beef

Beef is an essential ingredient in many different dishes. It is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, accounting for around 25% of meat production worldwide, after pork and poultry. Having limited land supply, beef in Hong Kong are all imported from other...