I am posting this recipe because it was in a cookbook I received from NE Lady in the cookbook swap March 2009. I was intrigued by the picture in the cookbook; however, mine didn't turn out looking like the picture! I had way too many noodles and too little broth. The cookbook, "Soups for Any Body" states that it is a mix between a soup and a stew. Mine was pretty thick, so I would add more beef stock to the recipe. I'd also serve more soy sauce with each serving, and allow each diner to add their hot pepper oil. If you let your meat marinate while you chop the vegetables, it gets on the table pretty quickly! I did change it a little...I increased the meat by 4 oz.