Quick & easy vegan zha jiang mian (Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles). Packed with flavour, this Chinese “meat” sauce is perfect over noodles, rice and vegetables!

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Zha Jiang Mian (Vegan)

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  • 56 dried shiitake mushrooms (100g, after soaked weight)
  • 4 oz firm tofu (110g)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (32g)
  • 1 tbsp ginger (15g)
  • 2 garlic cloves (6g)


  • 1 small onion, chopped or scallion bottoms (40g)
  • 2 tsp cane sugar (8g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, to taste

To serve

  • Noodles
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Bok choy
  • Scallions or cilantro
  • Sesame seeds



  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the shiitake mushrooms, walnuts, ginger and garlic to a food processor and pulse blend until 
  3. To a food processor, add the mushrooms, walnuts, ginger and garlic and process. Add in tofu and pulse until chopped into small bits (but not a paste).Add in the tofu and pulse blend a few times just until crumbly. 
  4. Add peanut oil to a wok or large pan and cook the tofu mixture until it begins to look dry over medium high heat. Add in the sauce over low heat, stirring continuously for 8 minutes. Add in the chopped onions and fry until cooked but still crisp (about 4 minutes). Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  If the pan gets too dry at any point, add in 1/4 cup fo water. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve over noodles and top with cucumbers, scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. Looks like an amazing recipe will try. But are there other names for ground bean and sweet bean sauce please? I am not sure I have seen those in my local Asian grocery?

    1. Hi Leslie! I’ve added a photo of what they look like along with some links to whee you can find them. Thats the name as is 🙂

      1. Hi thank you. I’m pretty sure those are available in Australia too 🙂 My local Asian grocer has nearly every sauce from that brand! I’ll let you know once i have made the recipe 🙂