Zha Jiang Mian

Haha, I forgot to buy a cucumber. Also, I’ve got to stop using Korean bean paste, which is like way saltier than the type of bean paste called for here. Recipe from thewoksoflife.com.

Zha Jiang Mian (Beijing fried noodles)

  • Marinate 1/2 lb ground pork in 1/2 tsp oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp cornstarch, pinch white pepper.
  • Brown pork. Add 1/2″ ginger minced, 4 cloves garlic minced, 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms chopped. Stir fry.
  • Add 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce, 3 tbsp ground bean paste, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 cup water. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Prepare 12 oz noodles.
  • Toss noodles with sauce, 1 carrot julienned, 1/2 cucumber julienned, 2 scallions julienned. Serves four.