Black Bean Udon Noodles

Douchi, or Chinese salted black beans are made by fermenting and salting black soybeans. This process turns the beans soft and semi-dry. Fermented black beans are quite salty and therefore used sparingly to flavor dishes. In Korea, a similar black bean sauce made from roasted soy beans called chunjang is used in making jjajangmyeon. This is a vegetarian version without any meats. This was a great way to eat a ton of vegetables I bought this week in this quick stir fry. It is not only heathy, it’s delicious too. I served this with Fried Tofu but it can be served on its own too. @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 15 mins

COOK TIME: 5 mins

YIELDS: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • Udon noodles 14.2 oz
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Sugar snap peas 1 cup, cut in half
  • Mushrooms 1 cup, thinly sliced
  • Green bell pepper 1, cut into chunks
  • Green cabbage 1 cup, shredded
  • Broccoli 1 cup, cut into small florets
  • Tomato 1, deseeded and chopped
  • Onion 1, thinly sliced
  • Asparagus 4-5, cut into slices
  • Baby carrots 1 cup
  • Garlic 4-5 cloves, finely chopped
  • Ginger 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Red chili flakes 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Yang Jiang Peserved Black Beans 2 tbsp
  • Lee Kim Kee Oyster sauce 2 tbsp (see notes)
  • Kikkoman Soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • Black pepper 2 tsp
  • Sriracha 1 tbsp

Method

  • Heat 1/4 cup hot water in the microwave for 40 seconds. Add 2 tbsp of fermented black beans. Let it soak while you prep the other ingredients.
  • Heat oil. Sauté garlic, ginger and red chili flakes for a couple of seconds. Add the vegetables. Sauté on high heat for a minute.
  • Add udon noodles, soaked fermented black beans, oyster sauce, sugar, sriracha and black pepper. Stir fry everything stirring occasionally till the sauce is coated on the noodles. Serve immediately.

Notes

This is a very quick recipe. Have all ingredients ready before you start. The whole cooking part takes place within 5 minutes. Remember udon noodles needs minimal cooking. Otherwise it will become a soggy lump!

For a vegetarian version without oyster sauce, omit the oyster sauce altogether and just use soy sauce or use hoisin sauce instead.

I made the tofu separately to serve with this dish. See Fried Tofu.

The ingredients (NOT tofu)
Sauté ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes
Add the soaked fermented black beans
Add the sauces
Stir fry till the sauce mixes well with the noodles and vegetables
Black Bean Udon Noodles is ready
Black Bean Udon Noodles
Black Bean Udon Noodles with Fried Tofu

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