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Zha Jiang Mian

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound fresh Chinese noodles

Za Jiang Meat Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey or pork
  • 1/4 cup sweet bean sauce (tian mian jiang)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons shaoxing wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup water

Egg Crepe

  • 3 eggs
  • dash shaoxing wine
  • dash salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil


  • 1/2 cucumber cut into thin strips
  • 1 scallion chopped

Garlic Water

  • 6 cloves garlic
  • dash salt
  • water


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Za Jiang Meat Sauce

  1. Heat oil and stir fry onion until softened. Add ground turkey and break up until crumbled. Cook until brown. Add sweet bean sauce and soy sauce; cook for 2-3 minutes. Add shaoxing wine and sugar; cook 1-2 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 1/2 hour. Toss meat sauce several times during cooking, especially towards end of cooking time.

Egg Crepe

  1. Beat eggs with shaoxing wine and salt. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add eggs and swirl around in pan to cover bottom of pan and form a thin crepe. Cook until egg is cooked. Turn out onto cutting board; let cook; cut into thin strips.

Garlic Water

  1. Grind garlic and salt to a paste using a mortar and pestle. Add a few tablespoons of water and stir. Transfer to small bowl.

To Serve

  1. Divide noodles among four bowls. Top with Za Jiang Meat Sauce. Garnish with egg crepe, cucumbers and scallion. Drizzle with garlic water.

Recipe Notes

Traditionally pork is used for this dish, but I used ground turkey for a lighter dish.