The original beef noodle is made by Hui People (回族), a Chinese Muslim ethnic group. This was dish was developed around the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618–907AD).
In modern day, beef noodle soup can be separated into two types:
- Clear soup (清燉)
- Red braised (紅燒)
The one that Taiwan is most known for is the red braised beef noodle soup.
While some may say that beef noodle came from Szechuan, it is a Taiwanese dish through and through. Towards the end of the Chinese Civil war, the Chinese Nationalist army fled to Taiwan. A group of Szechuan military men in KaoHsiung GangShan region created the beef noodle soup.
The beef noodle soup is now considered Taiwan’s national dish.