Tuesday, May 19, 2009

my 炸醬麵 (zha jiang mian) recipe

After promising Michael for a year that I would post this recipe and forgetting to each time I suddenly remembered my promise, I'm finally sitting down and getting it done! He even took pictures as I was making it one day...so I figure it's the least I could do. Note: the above picture is courtesy of Nibbledish...I wish my food could look as appetizing as this!

As this is my first recipe writing session, excuse the noobiness of directions and culinary terms.

Zha jiang mian, or noodles with fried bean and meat sauce in English, has been deemed "Chinese spaghetti" by some. Pretty self explantory - minced meat in soybean and hoisin sauce over a bowl of noodles. My mom actually taught me this recipe over the phone last year and I've modified some things as I go.

1 clove of garlic, minced
1 lb. ground pork
1/2 an onion, diced
5 spoons sweetened soybean paste (甜麵醬 tian mian jiang)
5 spoons hoisin sauce (海鮮醬 hai shian jiang)
Dabble of soy sauce
2 blocks dried tofu (豆乾 dou gan), cubed
Handful of bean sprouts
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 clumps of noodles

Optional: shredded cucumbers, carrots (to be added raw to the dish), chili sauce

Stir fry garlic, ground pork, and onions in a pan (remember to use a generous amount of oil).
When the meat is cooked through, mix in the sauces (though I say 5 spoons of each, do it to your own taste - I tend to like putting in more hoisin sauce for a sweeter sauce), and fried tofu. Mix everything thoroughly, then throw in the bean sprouts and green onions. Cook the noodles and throw it in a bowl with a clump of the zha jiang.

Tadaa! No top marks on presentation, but dang is it tasty...if I do say so myself!



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