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This is a great way to make stir-fry noodles. They are great for adding to any type of stir fry, or you can just eat them as a side dish.

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How to make steamed noodles for stir fry

Bian dou men mian (扁豆焖面) or steamed noodles and green beans is a delicious noodle dish that we learned from our ayi in Beijing. Remember her? She helped us make Chinese peanut brittle on the blog last year. She’d see us cooking and blogging on the weekends, and suggested we post this dish, which was a favorite that she’d make for her family often. She showed us how to make it, and we all agreed that it was a huge winner.

Bian dou men mian loosely translates to “green bean noodles cooked in a covered pot.” It’s a mouthful, I know. But I can assure you of one thing, and it’s that you aren’t likely to find this steamed noodles and green beans dish in restaurants. I have yet to see it on a menu anywhere.

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So what’s so great about this noodles and green beans recipe, you might ask…

Well first of all, it is a super easy and very straightforward recipe.

Secondly, the dish is made by steaming fresh noodles, yielding a delightfully chewy, “al dente” texture. The noodles are steamed with a great sauce, along with green beans and seared pork.

Of course, timing is everything, and with the abundance of green beans from my garden, I feel the time has come to share this great recipe with everyone. We have shown you how to make 焖饭(“men fan”) using a rice cooker, and with today’s 焖面(men mian), your kitchen will never be the same again.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your own tastes, but remember one thing—fresh noodles are necessary for this dish!

Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Recipe Instructions

Start by mixing the meat with the marinade ingredients (soy sauce, cornstarch, Shaoxing wine, white pepper). Set aside for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the components.

Prepare a steamer, making sure no water will touch the noodles during the steaming process. See our post on how to set up a steamer if you’re not familiar with steaming foods in Chinese cooking.

Place a large sheet of parchment paper on the steaming rack, and loosely pile the fresh white (wheat) noodles on the parchment paper. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, tossing the noodles lightly in the oil.

Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

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Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Steam for 10 to 12 minutes over high heat (this cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your noodles). Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat another 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the ginger and star anise, and cook for 30 seconds.

Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Add the garlic, dried red chilies (if using) and scallions, and stir-fry for one minute.

Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Now add the pork…

Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

…and turn up the heat to high. Stir-fry until the pork is opaque.

Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Then spread the pork out in a single layer on the wok’s surface to brown the meat (30 seconds to a minute).

Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

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Stir in the green beans and cook for a couple minutes.

Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Add the dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, and sugar. Stir everything together and add water. Place the steamed noodles on top of this mixture (do not stir), and cover lid. Cook for 5 minutes.

Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Steamed Noodles with Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

Uncover the wok; you’ll see that the liquid in the wok has reduced slightly. Turn down the heat, and mix everything together to coat the noodles with sauce.

Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

The sauce should be soaked into the noodles very quickly. Serve your Bian Dou Men Mian immediately.

Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

This Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans dish is very unique and equally delicious!

Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans, by familycuisine.net

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