Inspired by a local fusion restaurant, this Asian Bolognese is a magical combo of black bean sauce and tomato paste that is super easy to make and perfect as a weeknight meal. You can use any noodles of your preference. In this recipe, I used this frozen udon that only took 1 minute to prepare. Not kidding. 1 minute. Faster and healthier than instant ramen. It’s sold in many Asian supermarkets in the frozen section.
Garlic black bean sauce (link to buy at the bottom of the page) it is a stable in the pantries of most Chinese/Asian families. You can use it to make a simple steamed fish or any kind of steamed seafood. You will be amazed at how 1 tablespoon of garlic black bean sauce can do to transform your dish. I was amazed by what it can do when it’s mixed with tomato paste. It doesn’t sound logical but when they are mixed together it’s surprisingly delicious. I tried this at a local fusion place, and tested it over and over again to come up with this recipe. Try this asian-inspired pasta tonight, you won’t be disappointed.
- 4pcs Frozen Udon
- 1 lb minced pork
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar (it’s not sweet but its a food enhancer to bring out the flavor of the meat)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
- 1-2 cup bella mushrooms, diced (I love mushrooms and I put a lot in there)
- 1.5 tablespoon garlic black bean sauce
- 4 tablespoon organic tomato paste
- 1 - 2 tablespoon water
- 3 teaspoon sugar (to balance out the acidity of the tomato paste)
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Chili oil (optional if you like spicy)
- Green onions, julienne
- Combine minced pork with salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar, cornstarch, and water. Stir to mix thoroughly. Set aside.
- Bring a pot of water to boil, place 1 piece of udon in the boiling water and stir gently to separate the noodles. Remove udon noodles from pot. Set aside and repeat the same process for the other udon.
- Combine and mix garlic black bean sauce, tomato paste, water, sugar, sesame oil and chili oil thoroughly. Set aside
- Heat oil over medium high heat in a large fry pan, sautéed yellow onion until soft, add mushrooms and cook until soft. Add marinated minced pork and cook until brown. Add garlic black bean tomato mixture to cooked minced pork, stir to mix thoroughly for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve on top of udon, garnish with green onions, and enjoy!
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