A simple but flavourful noodle dish, this Shanghai Zha Jiang Noodles is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients! Perfectly chewy noodles with a rich, deeply flavored meat sauce. The perfect one meal dish to prepare for for lazy nights and busy afternoons.
First, cook the fresh thick noodles in boiled water for about 5 minutes.
Drain well and set aside on a plate.
Next, marinade minced meat with tapioca flour for at least 30 minutes. And we are ready to make the gravy for the noodles.
Cook meat sauce:
First heat up wok with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and saute chopped garlic and onions until fragrant. Add marinated meat and fry till meat changes colour. Then mix in spicy and sweet bean paste. Continue frying and add in sliced button mushrooms.
Next, add in chicken stock and seasonings. Bring the stock mixture to a boil.
Add cornstarch mixture, and mix till gravy thickens.
Pour gravy over thick noodles and serve immediately.
Garnish with spring onions and red chili before serving. Be sure to mix well the noodles and gravy and ENJOY!
Use Shanghai noodles or any thick and chewy noodles for this dish. The noodles can be bought fresh or dried.The meat sauce can be made a few days ahead and kept refrigerated in airtight container before use. It can be quite salty and strongly flavoured so be sure to mix with a generous amount of noodles before eating.The saltiness of the sauce can be adjusted by reducing or increasing the amount of beanpaste use in making the sauce.