Zha Jiang Noodles

Zha jiang mian [炸酱面] is a classic noodle dish from Beijing, which means fried sauce noodles in English. This dish contains 3 parts – vegetable topping, fried sauce, and handmade noodles. If you eat authentic zha jiang mian in Beijing, all these vegetables will be served in little plate like a side dish. You can add as much as you want in your noodles then mix it with the sauce and the noodles. The special fried sauce is like a bomb of flavor. It tastes so perfect and unique. Watch my video learn how to make this Beijing noodles.

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Zha Jiang Mian Noodles

Ingredients

MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR ZHAJIANG NOODLES(serve 2-3):

  • 1 pound of hand made noodles
  • Some shredded cucumber
  • Some shredded carrot
  • Some shredded lettuce
  • Some Chinese celery
  • Some bean sprouts

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 10 ounces [283 grams] of ground pork belly
  • 4 tbsp of soybean paste
  • 1.5 tbsp of sweet soybean paste
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup of finely minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of white part of spring onion

Instructions

Make the vegetable topping:

  • Julienne the carrot, cabbage, cucumber. Cut the Chinese celery into little pieces. Have some bean sprouts ready. You can use other vegetables like baby bamboo shoots, mushroom... it's your choice.

Make the fried sauce:

  • Combine 4 tbsp of soy bean sauce with 1.5 tbsp of sweet soy bean sauce and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Heat up your wok, on the highest level, for 10 seconds then turn the heat to low. Put in the ground pork (30-50% fat), saute it on low heat.
  • After 3 minutes, the fat is almost melted and the meat should become a little bit golden brown. Push them to the side. You can see all that fat. We will use the oil to fry the sauce.
  • Slowly add the sauce into the wok. Make sure to keep the heat on the lowest setting. Use your spatula stir it for about 1 minute.
  • Then mix the sauce with the pork and add in all the aromatics- the ginger, garlic, scallion. Stir this for 5 minutes. Keep your eyes on the sauce. It is very important. You should see the oil and the sauce are separated. This is how you know it's done!
  • Traditionally we will leave the fat in the sauce, but if you don’t like that, you can drain the fat out.

Cook the noodles:

  • Put the noodles in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. After 2 minutes you can try one and see if you want it softer. Once you think it is good to take it out and put it in a bowl.
  • Place the vegetables and put some zha jiang on top of the noodles.
  • One thing you should know is that zha jiang is very salty and savory. If you never had it before, you might want to add a little bit sauce first, mix it with the noodles and then add more if needed.

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