Cinnamon, Beef and Noodle Soup
We first made this recipe with two cinnamon sticks, but its flavor didn't come through, so we tripled it and added anise seeds, as well. The broth was still balanced but much brighter. Instead of developing flavor by browning the beef, we got rich umami flavor from soy sauce. You can prepare the broth and meat up to three days ahead; refrigerate both until needed, then discard the solid fat from the surface of the broth and proceed.
3-inch cinnamon sticks
teaspoons anise seed
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