Saucy, savory, and sweet, this tasty noodle bowl is an extra easy take on jia jiang mian, those famous Beijing meat sauce noodles.
Are you a fan of nostalgic flavors? I’m Hugey into it. I love all the foods that I loved when I was a kid. Mike on the other hand, doesn’t really have any nostalgic feels for foods that he ate when he was young, so I completely understand that point of view too.
One of my all time favorite things to eat growing up was my mom’s version of jia jiang mian: a hearty Chinese meat sauce noodle. Jia jiang mian is kind of like Chinese people’s version of meat sauce and pasta. You know, what mom makes when she’s had a long day at work and all she wants to do is put a dinner on the table that everyone will eat without complaint.
This jia jiang mian totally reminds me of what my mom made when I was a kid, but I went ahead and made simplified it using easy to find Chinese ingredients – the kind you can find at Target. Make a double batch and keep it in the fridge: you can add as much or as little sauce as you like to your noodles. If you love noodles and meaty sauce, you’ll love this.
Extra Easy Jia Jiang Mian Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 2 shallots diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 portions noodles of choice
- cucumbers, to finish
- roughly chopped cilantro, to finish
In a pot, heat up the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and fragrant. Add the pork and cook, breaking up, until no longer pink.
Stir in the hoisin, oyster, dark soy, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water. Let simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Season with pepper.
While the sauce is cook, prep the cucumbers and cilantro. I smashed the cucumbers and broke them into small pieces, but traditionally the cucumbers are julienned.
Cook the noodles according to package instructions and drain well. Toss with the sauce and serve with cucumbers and cilantro on top. Enjoy immediately.