素炸酱面 Zha Jiang Mien – Noodles with Vegetarian Meat Sauce

01 May

Zha Jiang Mian is a popular dish from northern China that uses white noodles topped with a mixture of soybean paste and grounded pork.  In this version of Zha Jiang Mien, I am using vegetarian chicken to replace the pork.


  • 1/2 pack vegetarian chicken, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup cucumbers, cut in strips
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 12 oz flat white noodles or shanghai noodles
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped


  • 2.5 tablespoons Bean paste (豆瓣酱)
  • 5 tablespoons Sweet bean paste (甜面酱)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoon water


  1. Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for few minutes.  Add vegetarian chicken and all the sauce ingredients.  Cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. Cook according to package directions, drain and place in a bowl.
  3. Pour the sauce over the noodles.  Placed cucumbers on the side.  Sprinkle green onions and sesame oil.

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