Fried Sauce Noodles

炸酱面zhá jiàng miàn


1 lb ground pork

5 long slice ginger

3 tbsp Chinese cooking wine

4 green onions

2 tbsp light soy sauce

4 tbsp sweet bean paste

2 tbsp soybean paste

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cucumbers

3 leave Napa cabbage


Prep Produce

  1. Wash 2-3 leaves of Napa cabbage and a couple of mini cucumbers or 1 normal cucumber (go for more if you want more veggies, less if you're a strict carnivore).

  2. Cut the Napa cabbage leaves in half, and then slice thin slices of cabbage.

  3. Cut the cucumbers in half both length and cross-wise, then slice thin strips.

  4. It's not super important what shape/size these veggies are in - the point is just to have some thin strips that add some crunch and freshness to the noodles.

  5. Mince your slices of ginger and chop up the green onion - these will go in our sauce along with the two pastes pictured.

Make the Noodles

  1. Boil a pot of water for the noodles. While you're waiting for it to boil, you can get started on the sauce.

  2. A good time to add in the noodles is after step 6 of the sauce instructions. When you get there, add in however many servings of noodles you want to the water. You can use whatever noodles you want as well! Follow package instructions on how long to let the noodles cook.

  3. Once noodles are your preferred texture, drain the water out.

Make the Sauce

  1. Before starting, note that you should NOT at any point add salt, water, or any veggies that include water into this sauce. It'll mess with the delicious, oily taste we're going for

  2. Separately, heat a pan over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil and ground pork. You can also use ground beef if you like!

  3. Stir the oil and ground meat around to ensure the meat breaks up into small pieces.

  4. Add in the ginger and a sprinkle of ground pepper.

  5. Once the meat is no longer pink and is fully cooked, add the cooking wine and soy sauce.

  6. Let the meat cook, while stirring periodically, until most of the liquid has evaporated.

  7. (While you're waiting, this is a good time to add noodles to your boiling water.)

  8. Once there's just a thin layer of oil left in your sauce, lower the heat to medium, and stir in the soybean paste and sweet bean sauce.

  9. Stir and fry the ingredients for 2 minutes.

  10. Add in the green onion and stir for another 2 minutes.

  11. Lower the heat to low and simmer the sauce for another 2 minutes while stirring periodically.

Mix everything & serve

  1. Mix the noodles and veggies together in the pot (or in separate bowls). Add the sauce in 1-2 spoonfuls at a time and mix. You don't want to use too much sauce and give yourself too much salt, so once all the noodles and veggies are pretty well covered, give it a taste before adding more.