Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stir with whisk. Set aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add half of the beef, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and beef. Return beef to pan, add water mixture, onions, garlic, cinnamon, and ginger. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until beef is tender. Discard ginger slices, anise and cinnamon. Stir in spinach, cook 3 minutes or until wilted. Serve over noodles. (1 cup beef mixture and 1/2 cup noodles).
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