Zha Jiang Mian (Beijing noodles)

150g pork mince
1 tsp cornflour
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbls pounded ginger
4 cloves garlic, pounded
3 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked
1 tsp sugar
2 tbls yellow bean paste
1 tbls dark soy sauce
450g fresh wheat noodles
1 carrot, julienned
300g cabbage, chunky cut
2 spring onions, sliced

Combine pork, cornflour and white pepper.
Heat 2 tbls oil and fry pork 1 minute until browned.
Add ginger, garlic and sliced mushrooms – stir 2 minutes.
Add bean paste, sugar, dark soy sauce and 1/2 cup of the
mushroom stock – simmer 5 minutes.
Add carrot and cabbage – stir.
Add noodles and spring onion – stir until hot and well combined.

Inspired by random noodle vendor – Beijing.