Ja Jiang Mein

Ja Jiang Mein

Ja Jiang Mein or Zhajiangmian is a noodle dish made up of thick wheat noodles topped with a mixture of ground pork stir-fried with zhajiang a type of fermented soybean paste. Similar to spaghetti in serving where meat sauce is placed on top of noodles, it is the Asian take on the Italian pasta.

This dish is a traditional noodle dish from the Beijing cuisine and traditionally it uses hand-made and hand-pulled noodles which gives it a unique chewy texture. Savoury salty and oily meat sauce is served on top together with some chopped vegetables which gives it a really unique texture.

Today we will be making one but hand pulled noodles is quite hard to make so we will just buy some fresh noodles which is the next best thing. If you haven’t tried this then you should as it’s quite easy to prepare and it’s amazingly delicious.

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Ja Jiang Mein
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Serves: 4-6
  • 400 g fresh Shanghai noodles, cooked according to instructions
  • 600 g minced pork, 30% fat content
  • ⅓ cup black bean chilli sauce
  • ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 stalks spring onions, finely chopped, plus extra for garnishing
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • julienned telegraph cucumber, to serve
  • slat
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil
  1. In a wok add oil then sauté garlic, spring onions and ginger.
  2. Add minced pork and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine black bean chilli sauce and hoisin sauce then pour into the wok, stir fry for 2 minutes or until the pork is all covered with the sauce.
  4. Pour the chicken stock and sugar bring it to a boil then simmer in low heat for 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced into a thick sauce.
  5. Add the rice vinegar, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper if needed.
  6. Place cooked noodles on serving bowls, top with meat sauce then serve it with chopped spring onions and sliced cucumber.


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9 Responses

  1. suituapui says:

    I’ve tried. Nice, but not my favourite, just ok with it or maybe they do not do it as well here, I wouldn’t know. I would prefer our own local noodles and a few others as well.

  2. Karen says:

    Sounds like an interesting and flavorful dish.

  3. Fresh Shanghai noodles are the best! I love your meat sauce sounds fantastic. My boys would love this recipe. Just pinned!

  4. kitchenriffs says:

    Glad we’re not making the noodles — store bought is so much easier. Really tasty looking dish — thanks.

  5. I’ve never tried this before, but it reminds me a lot of dan dan noodles.

  6. Mmm – delicious – Raymund – love the flavours here.

  7. mjskit says:

    Oh I love this dish and have always wanted to make it at home. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s look quite delicious!!!

  8. Kristy says:

    This looks great! I wish I could enjoy some right now. 🙂 I can almost taste it. The flavors are all so powerful and delicious!

  9. Looks like an awesome quick dinner, love all the flavour going on in the pork mixture. Hand pulled noodles are something I definitely want to attempt at some point but bought ones will work for now! 🙂

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