The name of this flavor-drenched dish aptly translates to "fried sauce noodles." A pork- and tofu-flecked sauce gets its savory powers from three layers of distinctive soy condiments. Tossed with thick wheat noodles, the result is satisfying and quite comforting.

Vivian Ku
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  • Heat oil in a large flat-bottom wok over high heat. Add pork; cook, breaking up large pieces, until mostly cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is no longer pink and the onion is soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice wine; cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid has evaporated, about 30 seconds. Stir in reduced-sodium soy sauce, dark soy sauce, white pepper, tofu and 2 cups water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

  • Whisk cornstarch and the remaining 1/4 cup water in a bowl. Add to the pan; cook, stirring, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; toss gently with the sauce to combine. Top with cucumbers and scallions.


Tips: Black bean paste or sauce is a salty and slightly sweet condiment made from fermented black beans. It adds funky, pungent flavor.

Shaoxing is a seasoned rice wine used for cooking. Dry sherry can be used in its place.

Dark soy sauce (sometimes called black soy sauce) is thicker than regular soy sauce, with a touch of sweetness. Thick soy sauce is similar, but gets a stickier texture and its sweetness from molasses. In a pinch combine equal parts regular soy sauce and molasses as an alternate for either.

Pressed tofu has been presqueezed to remove moisture. Baked tofu, which can be used as a substitute, has a similarly chewy texture and is easier to find. Look for it either with other tofu products or in the produce department.

Shanghai-style noodles are thick and chewy wheat noodles. If you can't find them, fresh Japanese udon noodles would work in their place.

Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 14.3g 29% DV; carbohydrates 41g 13% DV; dietary fiber 2.4g 10% DV; sugars 2.6g; fat 10.5g 16% DV; saturated fat 2.4g 12% DV; cholesterol 18.9mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 91.6IU 2% DV; vitamin c 3.6mg 6% DV; folate 9.7mcg 2% DV; calcium 64.9mg 7% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 14.1mg 5% DV; potassium 181.2mg 5% DV; sodium 757.5mg 30% DV.