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1-Hour Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)

This zha jiang mian recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your noodle cravings in just an hour! With its savory, umami-packed sauce and tender noodles, you won't even believe you made it yourself.

Tasty Team
95% would make again
1-Hour Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)


for 2 servings

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, plus 1 teaspoon minced, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 4 oz ground pork (115 g), 80/20
  • 1 tablespoon soy bean paste, fermented
  • 1 tablespoon sweet bean sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cornstarch slurry (60 mL), 8 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 4 teaspoons water
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ⅔ lb fresh noodles (360 g), of choice
  • 1 persian cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves (20 g)

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1435
  • Fat 69g
  • Carbs 160g
  • Fiber 8g
  • Sugar 10g
  • Protein 43g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a medium pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, the ginger, and shallot and sauté until lightly aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add the ground pork to the pan and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat another tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Add the soy bean paste and sweet bean sauce and cook until caramelized, 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn.
  3. Add the caramelized bean paste mixture to the ground pork mixture and stir to combine. Add the soy sauce and cook for another 30 seconds to incorporate. Add the cornstarch slurry, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes, adding a few tablespoons of water at a time as needed to keep the mixture at a simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a small pan over low heat. Add the remaining teaspoon of vegetable oil, then pour in the egg and tilt the pan to spread in a thin layer. Cook until the top is just set, then remove the egg crepe from the pan. Let cool, then thinly slice.
  5. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions, then drain.
  6. Place the cooked noodles in a serving bowl and top with the ground pork mixture. Garnish with the egg crepe strips, cucumber, cilantro, and remaining teaspoon of minced garlic.
  7. Enjoy!
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1-Hour Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)