Taiwan is an island situated in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean, and is located off of the southeastern coast of mainland China. The population in Taiwan is roughly 23 million and is spread across a total land area of 13,892 square miles, making it the fifteenth most densely populated country in the world. Taiwan houses the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry with a market capitalization of $40.4 billion, as of 2009.
Semi-presidential Constitutional Republic
New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)
"Our Taiwanese host son was a joy from the very first day. Our own children still practice the Mandarin he taught them."
— The Sheffield family, Utah
Bring water, soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, ginger, white parts of scallion, garlic, cilantro, and red pepper flakes to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart pot, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add short ribs and gently simmer, covered, turning occasionally, until meat is very tender but not falling apart, 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours. Let meat stand in cooking liquid, uncovered, 1 hour.
Transfer meat to a cutting board with tongs and discard bones, then cut meat across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Pour beef broth through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl and discard solids. Skim fat from cooking liquid and transfer liquid to a 3-quart saucepan. Add chicken broth and meat and reheat soup.
Meanwhile, cook noodles in a 6- to 8-quart pot of (unsalted) boiling water until tender).
Drain noodles and divide among 4 large soup bowls.Ladle broth over noodles and top with meat, scallion greens, bean sprouts, and cilantro sprigs.