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The beef noodle soup at Jade
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Where to Warm Up With Beef Noodle Soups in Austin

Seek out Chinese and Taiwanese iterations of the meaty noodle soup

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The beef noodle soup at Jade
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Beef noodle soup is one of the most popular noodle soup dishes in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisines. There are various forms of the dish: the typical Taiwanese version — also known as red-braised beef noodle soup — is soy-based and commonly topped with pickled Chinese mustard. That broth is simmered for hours with spices like star anise and Chinese cinnamon, which results in a darker, richer stock. As for the Chinese beef noodle soup, there’s a lighter broth, topped with chili oil instead. It also could come with thin slices of beef shank as opposed to chunks of meat. Nevertheless, each component leads to the perfect comforting bowl full of chewy noodles, long-simmered hearty broth, and tender beef.

With that, here is Eater’s guide to the best Chinese and Taiwanese beef noodle soups in Austin, from the Sichuan beef noodle soup at Asia Market to the spicy beef noodle soup at Coco’s Cafe to the mala knife-shaved noodle soup at Chen’s Noodles.

For more, here are Austin’s best Chinese restaurants, go-to spots for dumplings, soup options, and ramen.

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1. Shanghai Noodle House

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10300 Anderson Mill Rd Suite A
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 487-5703
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It’s right there in the name of the far north Austin Chinese restaurant. The beef noodle soup comes with thin slices of beef shanks and chili oil in beef broth.

2. Asia Cafe

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Spicewood/183 Center, 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #114a
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 331-5788
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One of the first Sichuan spots in Austin, Asia Café‘s beef noodle soup comes with flat rice noodles. Not into spicy broth? Opt for the regular beef noodle soup, which is milder.

3. Asia Market

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #115
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 383-5009
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Asia Market is a Chinese grocery store with a small restaurant tucked in the back. This is also the spot for spicy and numbing Sichuan beef noodle soup. For those looking for a lighter option, try the Yunnan beef noodle soup.

4. Chen's Noodle House

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #127
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 336-8889
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Knife-shaved noodles is what Chen’s Noodle House is known for. Add that to the bowl of mala spicy or regular beef soup. This counter-service eatery also offers a stir-fried version of those signature noodles, as well as leek pie.

5. Ho Ho Chinese BBQ

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13000 I-35
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 339-9088
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Besides hanging roasted ducks and barbecue meat, the Chinese barbecue restaurant also serves up stewed beef noodle soups.

6. Rice Bowl Cafe

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11220 N Lamar Blvd building c306
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 835-8888
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Located close to the Chinatown Center on North Lamar, Rice Bowl Café offers beef noodle soup with your choice of homemade or clear noodles. Not in the mood for noodles? There’s also the dumpling beef soup.

7. Pan Grill

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8557 Research Blvd Ste144
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 836-8332
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While, yes, the Chinese barbecue spot delivers charcoal-grilled meat skewers, the spicy beef noodle soup also doesn’t disappoint. 

8. Coco's Cafe

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Suite #118, 8557 Research Blvd Suite #118
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 833-6588
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Locally owned Taiwanese café has been open since 2000, and has been offering its Taiwanese-style spicy beef noodle soup topped with beef shank chunks, bok choy, and pickled mustard. 

9. Julie's Noodles

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8557 Research Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 394-6967
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The Chinese restaurant with a West Campus food truck counterpart offers non-spicy and spicy broth with handmade noodles or rice noodles.

10. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

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8557 Research Blvd #116
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-8788
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Among Din Ho’s mega-menu, there’s a stewed beef noodle soup under the noodle soup section.

11. 101 by Teahaus

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6929 Airport Blvd #132
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 371-7751
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The fast-casual eatery located in The Crescent offers a variety of Asian dishes, which includes Taiwan beef noodles. The beef chunks and broth are braised for eight hours, along with soy sauce and secret spices. 

12. Jade Restaurant

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3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy c200
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 956-8816
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The upscale Westlake Chinese restaurant offers a beef noodle soup on its Sunday dim sum menu, perfect for those hearty brunch plans.

13. Xian Sushi and Noodle

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1801 E 51st St C370
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 469-7878
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Xian Sushi and Noodle introduced the traditional art of hand-pulled noodles to Austin. There are two options for beef noodle soups, one with clear broth and the other with a richer broth. Also customizable are the type and thickness of those hand-pulled noodles made-to-order. There are three locations in the city, plus one in San Marcos.

14. Chef Hong

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(678) 687-1167

Tucked in the corner of West Campus off West 24th and Pearl streets is the Chinese food trailer that serves beef noodle soup with handmade noodles. Chef Hong also takes orders via Chinese messaging app WeChat.

15. Sweet Chive

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2515 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-5557
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This East Austin Taiwanese restaurant in East Austin pays tribute to the region with its national dish, the spicy beef noodle soup.

1. Shanghai Noodle House

10300 Anderson Mill Rd Suite A, Austin, TX 78750

It’s right there in the name of the far north Austin Chinese restaurant. The beef noodle soup comes with thin slices of beef shanks and chili oil in beef broth.

10300 Anderson Mill Rd Suite A
Austin, TX 78750

2. Asia Cafe

Spicewood/183 Center, 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #114a, Austin, TX 78759

One of the first Sichuan spots in Austin, Asia Café‘s beef noodle soup comes with flat rice noodles. Not into spicy broth? Opt for the regular beef noodle soup, which is milder.

Spicewood/183 Center, 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #114a
Austin, TX 78759

3. Asia Market

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #115, Austin, TX 78759

Asia Market is a Chinese grocery store with a small restaurant tucked in the back. This is also the spot for spicy and numbing Sichuan beef noodle soup. For those looking for a lighter option, try the Yunnan beef noodle soup.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #115
Austin, TX 78759

4. Chen's Noodle House

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #127, Austin, TX 78759

Knife-shaved noodles is what Chen’s Noodle House is known for. Add that to the bowl of mala spicy or regular beef soup. This counter-service eatery also offers a stir-fried version of those signature noodles, as well as leek pie.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #127
Austin, TX 78759

5. Ho Ho Chinese BBQ

13000 I-35, Austin, TX 78753

Besides hanging roasted ducks and barbecue meat, the Chinese barbecue restaurant also serves up stewed beef noodle soups.

13000 I-35
Austin, TX 78753

6. Rice Bowl Cafe

11220 N Lamar Blvd building c306, Austin, TX 78753

Located close to the Chinatown Center on North Lamar, Rice Bowl Café offers beef noodle soup with your choice of homemade or clear noodles. Not in the mood for noodles? There’s also the dumpling beef soup.

11220 N Lamar Blvd building c306
Austin, TX 78753

7. Pan Grill

8557 Research Blvd Ste144, Austin, TX 78758

While, yes, the Chinese barbecue spot delivers charcoal-grilled meat skewers, the spicy beef noodle soup also doesn’t disappoint. 

8557 Research Blvd Ste144
Austin, TX 78758

8. Coco's Cafe

Suite #118, 8557 Research Blvd Suite #118, Austin, TX 78757

Locally owned Taiwanese café has been open since 2000, and has been offering its Taiwanese-style spicy beef noodle soup topped with beef shank chunks, bok choy, and pickled mustard. 

Suite #118, 8557 Research Blvd Suite #118
Austin, TX 78757

9. Julie's Noodles

8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin, TX 78758

The Chinese restaurant with a West Campus food truck counterpart offers non-spicy and spicy broth with handmade noodles or rice noodles.

8557 Research Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78758

10. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

8557 Research Blvd #116, Austin, TX 78758

Among Din Ho’s mega-menu, there’s a stewed beef noodle soup under the noodle soup section.

8557 Research Blvd #116
Austin, TX 78758

11. 101 by Teahaus

6929 Airport Blvd #132, Austin, TX 78752

The fast-casual eatery located in The Crescent offers a variety of Asian dishes, which includes Taiwan beef noodles. The beef chunks and broth are braised for eight hours, along with soy sauce and secret spices. 

6929 Airport Blvd #132
Austin, TX 78752

12. Jade Restaurant

3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy c200, Austin, TX 78746

The upscale Westlake Chinese restaurant offers a beef noodle soup on its Sunday dim sum menu, perfect for those hearty brunch plans.

3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy c200
Austin, TX 78746

13. Xian Sushi and Noodle

1801 E 51st St C370, Austin, TX 78723

Xian Sushi and Noodle introduced the traditional art of hand-pulled noodles to Austin. There are two options for beef noodle soups, one with clear broth and the other with a richer broth. Also customizable are the type and thickness of those hand-pulled noodles made-to-order. There are three locations in the city, plus one in San Marcos.

1801 E 51st St C370
Austin, TX 78723

14. Chef Hong

Austin, TX 78705

Tucked in the corner of West Campus off West 24th and Pearl streets is the Chinese food trailer that serves beef noodle soup with handmade noodles. Chef Hong also takes orders via Chinese messaging app WeChat.

15. Sweet Chive

2515 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This East Austin Taiwanese restaurant in East Austin pays tribute to the region with its national dish, the spicy beef noodle soup.

2515 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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