minced pork noodles (zhajiang mian)


 

this is a very popular one meal dish in northern china. do not be intimidated by its name. it is truly a very simple dish to make and it may just become a great ‘go to’ dish when in a hurry. i love experimenting with asian flavors and find it much easier to just stock up on the staple condiments rather than having to run to the nearest asian market for ingredients. the investment is so worth it to have many of them on hand because, i assure you, you will find yourself more open to trying other unique recipes as well.

i love this recipe. there are many variations on-line but i tried to stick to one that seems to bring home the authentic flavors of this dish…

ingredients:

3 tbs vegetable oil

5 green onion,  thinly sliced, green and white parts seperated

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 shallot thinly sliced

1 tsp sugar

1 lb shanghai noodles (or udon)

1 english cucumber

brown sauce:

1 tbs hoisin sauce

1tbs shaoxing wine

2-3 tbs brown bean sauce*

1 1/2 c chicken stock**

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