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Black Bean Sauce Noodles (Jiajiang Mian) Recipe

Black Bean Sauce Noodles (Jiajiang Mian) Recipe

Black Bean Sauce Noodles (Jiajiang Mian) Recipe

This is a quick and simple noodle dish which makes an excellent one-dish lunch or part of a multi-course dinner. It may be served warm—straight from the pot, or it can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature.

Ingredients :

    • 500 g (1 lb) fresh wheat noodles (not egg noodles) or 250g/ 8 oz dried wheat noodles
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 3 tablespoons oil
    • 2 tablespoons fermented black bean sauce (dou sze jiang, see note)
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 5 squares pressed tofu (taukwa), cut into fine strips
    • 3 florets fresh black wood ear fungus, finely sliced
    • 25 pieces fresh snow peas, ends snapped off and strings removed
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Method :

    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, blanch the noodles briefly to revive them. If using dried noodles, follow the packet instructions or cooked them for 3–4 minutes until the noodles are tender. Drain, rinse in cold water and transfer to a colander to drain well. Place the drained noodles in a large bowl, add the sesame oil and toss well.
    2. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan till hot but not smoking, add the fermented black bean sauce, stir-fry quickly, then add the water and stir to mix. Add the carrots, pressed tofu strips, black fungus and snow peas. Stir-fry for 3 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue to stir-fry for another 3–5 minutes. Transfer all the cooked ingredients and sauce into the bowl of noodles. Toss to mix well. Serve in a large bowl or divide into individual serving bowls.

Fermented black bean sauce is a richly-flavored seasoning made from fermented black beans (also called salted black beans)—soybeans that have been fermented and preserved in salt, hence their strong, salty flavor. Mainly used to season a number of dishes, especially fish, beef and chicken. It is sold in jars and can be found in the ethnic or international section of many supermarkets.

Chopped coriander leaves may be used as a garnish. Instead of snow peas, you may substitute fresh or frozen green peas.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 30 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins