Zha Jiang Mian (Noodles in soybean sauce)

How To Make Zha Jiang Mian (Noodles in Meat Sauce)

Course: Noodles
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Noodles are smothered in Beijing style meat sauce and topped with refreshing shreds of cucumber. Zha jiang mian is our household favorite noodle.
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  • 1 lb dried/fresh Asian wheat noodles or fresh udon noodles
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

Minced pork and sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp Sweet bean sauce (tian mian jiang) or use hoisin sauce if you can't find any
  • 1 lb ground pork/beef/chicken
  • 2 Tbsp shaoxing rice wine/ dry sherry
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch mix with 2 Tbsp of water

Serve with:

  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and julienned
  • 2 stalks green onion finely chopped
  • chili oil optional


  • Cook the noodles according to the instruction on the package and rinse with cold water and set aside. 
  • Preheat a wok or skillet. Add in oil and aromatics. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the black bean sauce and stir fry for another minute
  • Add the ground meat and cook for 6 minutes and then add in the wine and stock. Bring it back to a boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Have a taste. Add more salt and pepper to your taste. Give the corn starch solution a stir and pour it in and the sauce will thicken slightly.
  • Ladle the sauce over noodles, top with cucumber and chopped green onion. I drizzle some chili oil for a bit of heat. Serve immediately