Za Jiang Mein (Beijing-Style Meat Sauce With Noodles)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a fast food or home meal in Beijing, and is quite popular in Korea as well. It's a thick wheat noodle topped with a savory pork sauce, which is a bit sweet and spicy. All this is garnished with a mound of shredded cucumber. You mix it all together and voila... a filling, tasty meal. It's Pucca, the Japanese cartoon character's favourite food as well. Many variations of this recipe exist -- Chinese people prefer it sweet, Koreans like it salty and with potatoes. Common additions/subsitutions for the pork are: beef, dried shrimp, eggs, shredded bean curd and eggplant.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14-12 cup vegetable oil
  • 12-34 lb ground pork (either lean or fatty)
  • 5 -6 teaspoons brown bean sauce
  • 2 -3 teaspoons sugar
  • 5 -6 teaspoons beer
  • 1 lb fresh white chinese noodles (no egg)
  • 14 cup chopped scallion
  • 14 cup bean sprouts
  • 12 cup shredded cucumber
  • 14 cup chopped garlic
  • chili, if desired


  1. Heat the oil in the wok. When the oil is ready, add the garlic and then the pork. Fry briefly.
  2. Blend the bean sauce with the beer.
  3. Add the mixed sauce, sprinkle the sugar into the wok and cook, stir until the sauce is piping hot (about 10 mins).
  4. Turn off the heat and start to boil the noodles, 1 min and remove.
  5. Drain the noodles thoroughly and place into a bowl.
  6. Spoon over the sauce. Garnish with the scallions, bean sprouts and cucumber shreds generously.


Most Helpful

I haven't even tried making this yet, but just want to say I'm thrilled to have found this recipe. I've eaten so many amazing foods in China that I have yet to learn how to make. Za jiang mian is one. Thanks for posting.

Kate S. January 23, 2011

This was a delight! I did increase the proportion of sauce ingredients to meat, and added plenty of the optional chilli. I'm not a particular fan of beansprouts, so missed them out, but the cool, crisp cucumber and spring onion (and a little more finely sliced chilli!) provided a perfect contrast to the spicy, salty sweet sauce and noodles.

SugaredAlmond September 18, 2006

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