This is my take on the traditional Chinese pork noodle dish called Zha Jiang Mian.
My “meat” sauce is made of Shiitake mushroom as a main ingredient.
I used dried mushrooms, because they provide intense flavors.
This is how the Shiitake looked like when reconstituted and sliced (later it was chopped into small pieces).
This was so so good!
This is one of the dishes that I thought I would never get to enjoy when I switched to the 100% plant based diet.
But I when I made it and had the first bite, it was a “Zha Zha Zhu” moment for me all over again (lol).
This is definitely not the type of noodle you typically use to make Zha Jiang Mian, but lasagna pasta strips have been my recent favorite, and this was a good choice for this dish as well.
It’s such a beautiful dish.
Julienned cucumber is the typical garnish for Zha Jiang Mian, and it’s a well-thought one.
Not only does it give the fresh green color, but also its crunchy texture perfectly accompanies this dish.