Alright, maybe the title is a bit misleading, this dish just looks like the Italian bolognese sauce, but it actually doesn’t contain any ingredient in a traditional bolognese sauce.
This noodle dish is actually made mostly with soybean paste, tianmianjiang(another kind of soybean paste), bean curd, and ground pork. I admit, the ingredients that I just listed might not sound all that appetizing or attractive, but I promise, once you actually taste it, you are going to love it. It’s such a popular dish in Taiwan and China, even the Koreans have a version of this amazing dish.
*Please note that you can find all the following ingredients in Asian supermarkets! The two sauces will most likely come in a jar, if you are outside of Taiwan or China.
1 lb ground pork
1.5 cup soybean paste (Doubanjiang/豆瓣醬）
1 cup tianmianjiang
2.5 cup bean curd, minced
1 tbs ginger, minced
4 tbs cooking oil
1/3 cup chopped scallions
In a medium bowl, put together the two types of soybean sauces with 1/4 cup of warm water. I know, I know this is not the most attractive photo of food, but just do it!
mix together the two pastes well. It will be a bit difficult at first, it takes a few minutes to fully mix.
Have the minced bean curd ready!
In a large wok on medium-high heat, pour in the oil and ginger, stir for 3 minutes until fragrant.
Put in ground pork and stir/cook until done.
In a separate pot, “pan fry” the mixture of the two sauces for about 3 minutes on medium heat. *be careful, make sure the sauces don’t burn. This step is to bring out the fragrance of the sauces.
Throw in the bean curd with pork and stir. 2 minutes.
fill up 1/2 cup of water in the bowl that was used for the pastes, make sure you leave no paste behind!
Put in the paste (after pan fried) into the bean curd and pork mixture, stir and incorporate, 3 minutes.
this is what it looks like after you incorporate everything together.
Pour in about 2 cups of boiled water in the mixture. Depending on how thick you like your sauce, you can reduce or add water. Close lid and let the pot simmer for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, the sauce is pretty much finished!
Throw in scallions and the sauce is done!
14. Cook Chinese noodles (I like the thicker noodles with this sauce, also can be found in Asian supermarkets) based on the directions given.
With sliced cucumbers, steamed bean sprouts, this is the ultimate Asian comfort food.