Vegan Zha Jiang Mian
Time: 30 minutes
Zha Jiang Mian translates to "fried sauce noodles", I'd describe it as a Chinese spaghetti bolognese as it looks very similar. Fun fact: Did you know that pasta originated in China? The Chinese have been eating noodles since 3000 B.C. The story is that Marco Polo had originally introduced pasta to Italy
upon one of his journey's back from China.
For the sauce:
• 2x tbs Soy Bean Sauce (any Chinese supermarket will stock)
• 2x Tianmian Jiang (any Chinese supermarket will stock)
• 1x cup of chopped spring onions
• 2x cups of chopped shiitake mushrooms
• 1x tbs minced ginger
• 1x tbs light soy sauce
• 1/2 cup water
• 300g of Pork mince or Quorn mince for Vegetarians
• A packet of fresh noodles (I like egg noodles but use rice noodles if you are Vegan)
• Julienned cucumber
• Julienned spring onions
Step 1: Heat up a tbs of oil in a pan and saute the spring onions and ginger until fragrant.
Step 2: Add the shiitake mushrooms and pork or quorn mince until it's cooked.
Step 3: In a small bowl, mix the soy bean sauce, tianmain jiang, soy sauce and water together and pour into the pan on low heat.
Step 4: Cook for about 5-10mins, add more water if it's too dry. You want it to be quite saucy.
Step 5: Cook noodles according to packet instructions while waiting.
Serve on top on bed of noodles with the cucumber and spring onions on the side.