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A Simple Cha Jang Mein Recipe

Updated on September 13, 2019
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

This dish is the equivalent of the Italian spaghetti dish with meat sauce. It is originated from Northern China where my family came from. I learned how to make it from my aunt. She has past away quite a few years now. This dish is simple to make and the sauce can be frozen and used at a later time.

- Sept. 2019

Ingredients...

  • Thin Spaghetti - 1 pound
  • Chopped garlic - 3 or 4 cloves
  • chopped Scallion - 2 stalks
  • peas and carrots - 1 bowl 12 oz
  • tofu (hard, think dry Tofu) - 2 cubes
  • Ground pork - 1 pound
  • sesame oil - 2 Table spoon
  • Soy sauce - 1 Table spoon
  • cooking oil - 2 Table spoon
  • canned bean sauce - 6 oz (readily available from Chinese grocery store)
  • canned sweet bean paste - 6 oz

The Bean Paste...Two Types combined

Diced Tofu

How To Make The Sauce

  1. In a deep pan, add cooking oil garlic and scallion
  2. add ground pork and cook until brown...drain the water.
  3. Add more cooking oil
  4. Add peas and carrots and the tofu cut into small cubes.
  5. add the two types of sauce in equal amount.
  6. add a spoon of soy sauce and sesame oil.
  7. cook with low heat for 10 minutes, stir once in a while.

This dish will serve up to eight people.

Additional Ingredients...

  • cut up cucumber into sticks
  • make an egg pancake and shred. Use 3 eggs.
  • fresh bean sprout, add hot water, a spoon of white vinegar and drain.

You can work on this while the sauce is simmering...

Summary

This dish is simple to make and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Cook the spaghetti first while working on the sauce. It is a healthy meal all in one, with protein, vegetable, dairy and pasta.

Bon appetit.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jack Lee

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 days ago from UK

      This looks like a very tasty recipe. I especially like the tip about freezing the sauce.

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      Louise Powles 

      12 days ago from Norfolk, England

      Sounds delicious, thankyou. =)

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