Beef Short Ribs with Pickled Carrots and Noodles – Dani Valent

A slow-cooked dish from The Ethical Omnivore cookbook written by Sydney whole-animal butchery Feather & Bone

This recipe is included in The Ethical Omnivore by Laura Dalrymple and Grant Hilliard, a beautiful and inspiring book that proposes a new way of thinking about sourcing and eating meat. Laura and Grant own Feather and Bone butcher in Sydney and the recipes are from the community that has sprung up around their store. I can’t recommend the book more highly.

This recipe is from their customers Ben and Reagan Wareing.

“Ben and I moved to Sydney’s inner west seven years ago, from Savannah, Georgia in the US,” says Reagan. “Since we arrived, our access to fresh produce has completely changed the way we think about food. In many ways our adventure started at Feather and Bone — the idea that what you put in your mouth should have a loving story that will carry over into the experience you share with your friends and family. This noodle bowl is a mesh of some of our favourite flavours from both our time here and abroad.”

Serve: 4-6
Time: 4 hours


Beef ribs

  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) beef short ribs, at room temperature
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 80 grams (⅓ cup) mirin
  • 200 grams (¾ cup) white (shiro) miso

Quick pickled carrots

  • 4 carrots, finely sliced or shaved
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 250 grams (1 cup) apple cider vinegar, or enough to cover the carrots in a bowl
  • 125 grams (1/2 cup) water
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt

To serve

  • noodles of your choice (we like soba or ramen noodles)
  • sesame oil, chilli oil and soy sauce, to taste
  • toppings of your choice (we like enoki mushrooms and shredded cabbage)
  • sesame seeds
  • coriander leaves
  • lime wedges, to serve


Beef short ribs

1. Preheat oven to 120°C (235°F). Coat ribs with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add ribs and sear them, turning, for 10 minutes or until nicely browned on all sides. Remove from heat.

2. Stir mirin and miso in a bowl to combine, brush all over ribs, then place in a roasting tin and roast for 3 hours or until beef is tender and falling away from the bone. Keep an eye on the tin for moisture – you can cover with a lid or foil and add a little water if it is drying out.

Quick pickled carrots

3. Meanwhile, to make the pickles, place carrot in a heatproof bowl. Combine vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until salt and sugar dissolve. In a Thermomix, add ingredients to mixing bowl and heat 5 min/100°C (212°F)/speed 1. Pour pickling liquid over the carrots and cool to room temperature. They’re ready to eat straight away, but will keep refrigerated in a clean jar for up to 2 weeks.

To serve

4. When ready to serve, cook noodles in a large saucepan of boiling water until al dente — they should still have elasticity. Drain, rinse under cold running water to stop them from cooking, drain again and toss with a little sesame oil to stop them sticking.

5. Divide noodles among bowls, toss with chilli oil and soy sauce to taste, add beef (Ben likes his short rib whole, Reagan likes it sliced) and layer over the toppings and garnishes.

More about this recipe

  • Want more ways with ribs? My Thai Beef Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw have meat falling off the bone, a rich braising sauce, coconut rice, a nutty Thai-style coleslaw…Have I got you yet?
  • I’ve got another great beef recipe from the The Ethical Omnivore cookbook. Romany’s Sri Lankan Black Beef Curry is an easy slow-cooked dish that is so comforting and fragrant.
  • Who wants to learn more about beef? You’ll love my Beef Banter with Butcher Gary McBean – in an era where meat often comes in styrofoam packages and is quite divorced from the animal it’s come from, I think it’s empowering to reconnect to the source, to learn more about what comes from where and why certain meat cuts work better for different dishes.
  • Have a flick through my Beef collection for great meaty ideas.
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