Beijing-Style Meat Sauce and Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)
Why This Recipe Works
Zha jiang mian is an easy-to-make and deeply satisfying one-dish meal. Our version calls for substitutes for two ingredients which are difficult to find outside of specialty Asian markets: red miso paste and soy sauce in place of the traditional ground bean sauce and a combination of hoisin, molasses, and soy sauce as a substitute for sweet bean sauce. Shiitake mushrooms and a small amount of ground pork added even more meaty depth. We spooned the sauce over chewy lo mein noodles and finished the dish with bean sprouts, cucumber matchsticks, and scallion greens for a crisp, fresh contrast to the rich sauce.