To blanch noodles in the Instant Pot
Pour 2 cups water in the inside pot.
Click Saute. When water gets bubbly and starts to boil in about 5 to 7 minutes, blanch the Chinese noodles for 30 seconds. Click Cancel to turn off Saute function.
Using tongs or a slotted spoon remove the noodles and drain the liquid. Cover and set aside.
Using silicone mitts, hold the inside pot and discard the water.
To cook beef ribs in the Instant Pot
Marinate beef with salt and black pepper.
Return the inside pot to the Instant Pot.
Click Saute. Add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough in 1 to 2 minutes, saute the garlic, onions, scallion whites for 1 minute.
Add the beef and brown the meat for 2 to 3 minutes. Click Cancel to turn off Saute function.
Add the sangke (star anise) to the sauteed ingredients. Pour the soy sauce and broth. Add the brown sugar.
Close and lock the lid. Set the valve to Sealing. Press Meats/Stews and cook on High Pressure for 40 minutes.
When buzzer sounds to announce cooking is done, do a Quick Release. When the float pin drops, it is safe to unlock the lid. Open lid carefully.
Plate the noodles on a large platter. Place the beef ribs on the noodles. Pour the broth over the beef and noodles. Garnish with scallion greens. Serve warm.
The fresh Chinese noodles are thick, wheat noodles, yellow-colored and pre-boiled. They are sold in Asian supermarkets in about 12 oz. packs and are found in the refrigerated section. Blanch the noodles for 30 seconds in boiling water before adding to the dish. The noodles expand after cooking. If dried Chinese noodles are preferred or more convenient, follow package directions on how to prepare in boiling water.
To cook on the stove top
Blanch noodles in boiling water for 30 seconds. Set aside.
Marinate beef with salt and pepper. In a large stockpot, add the vegetable oil. Saute garlic, onions, scallion whites. Brown the beef for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the star anise. Pour the soy sauce and broth. Add the brown sugar. Cover and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours till beef is tender. Plate the noodles then add the beef and broth on top. Garnish with scallion greens.