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Ja Jiang Mein 1

Ja Jiang Mein

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


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.


  • 400 g fresh Shanghai noodles, cooked according to instructions
  • 600 g minced pork, 30% fat content
  • 1/3 cup black bean chilli sauce
  • 1/3 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.