So there’s this delicious Chinese Spaghetti that I had a few times in Asia and loved. I had it in both Taiwan and China, once at a Shanghainese restaurant and once at a Taiwanese snack shop. It’s called ZhaJiangMian 炸醬麵 (“Fried Sauce Noodles”). Just say it like Ja-JiYong-MeEn.
This Korean person I know said that they also have a version of it, with a very similar name called Jajangmyeon.
It is the closest thing you’ll get to western food on a Chinese menu, but not all Chinese restaurants have it. To clarify how it tastes, it’s like a magical tasting meat sauce, a little salty, but super good. Here’s a recipe i’ve developed after a bit of trial and error. This latest batch was so delicious I ate the leftovers three days in a row. It’s very easy to make, delicious and is a meal in itself.
Here’s what you need:
One bag of Flat noodles like the ones pictured above
1/2 pound ground beef or pork or 1/4lb of each mixed together
2-4 green onions or shallots, chopped into circles
2 Table Spoons of Oyster Sauce
2 Table Spoons Sweet Soy Sauce (Hawaiian Soy Sauce works good, if you don’t have it just add 1-2 TSP of sugar to regular soy sauce)
2 Table Spoons Regular or Light Soy Sauce
4-5 Cloves of Garlic, Chopped Fine
Cucumber, sliced into small slices (see pic at the bottom)
1 Table Spoon of minced Ginger (Optional, but good)
3 Table Spoons of Minced Carrots (Optional, but good)
1 Tomato, Chopped into small chunks (Optional, but good)
1-2 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
Pepper, to taste
Here’s what you do:
- Add the Sesame Oil to a saucepan over high heat
- Add the carrots, garlic, green onions/shallots, ginger and tomato and fry
- Once these are cooked, add the pork or beef and cook until done
- Add the soy and oyster sauces to the cooked mixture, add some water if it doesn’t look saucy enough
- Simmer for 20-30 minutes
- Boil the noodles for about 10 minutes. Use less water than you’d use for Italian noodles.
- Add pepper to your sauce until it tastes right, turn off heat and let cool for a few minutes
- Serve like spaghetti, noodles on bottom, sauce on top. Add the cucumbers and mix them in.