Recipe – Chinese Black Bean Noodles


UPDATE: here is the image. sorry it’s a little blurry, it’s from my phone. also note that i added broccoli this time, which shows off how versatile the dish can be.

It’s often frustrating to have to go out to get something to eat when you know that given access to their kitchen for 5 minutes you could figure out how they make your favorite dish. What was once an enjoyable experience becomes something almost frustrating as you throw another 8 bucks down the drain.

Aja Noodle is a place in the 12 corners of Brighton that I don’t get to go to very often, but when I do I usually end up ordering their chinese black bean noodles. Chinese black beans are very different from what we normally call black beans in America. They’re actually soybeans that have been fermented. What follows is a passable version of the Aja noodle dish.


  • 1 16-oz. package rice ribbon noodles.
  • 1 red pepper, coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, coarsley chopped
  • 3 scallions, coarsley chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons laoganma-brand black bean sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the rice ribbon noodles to the water and boil for 6-8 minutes. While water is boiling, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a pan and cook peppers, onions, and white part of scallions along with 1 tsp. salt over high heat for 6-8 minutes or until slightly soft.

2. Drain noodles and rinse under cold water. Add black bean sauce to the pot where the noodles were and cook over high heat for 30-40 seconds. Add the noodles back to the pot, along with the soy sauce, and stir around until the noodles and sauce are well-mixed. Add cooked vegetables, carrots, and green parts of scallions.

3. Eat.

I figure that this will serve two people and costs about 5-7 dollars in total, depending on how cheaply you can get the red peppers.

7 thoughts on “Recipe – Chinese Black Bean Noodles

  1. I’ll try this sometime. I must say though. Aja noodle is fairly close that you should be able to go there whenever.

  2. i don’t think eateries are specifically for the food itself, you’re also paying for the atmosphere and hot waitresses. so even if i went to a place and paid $5 for a PB&J sandwich i could easily make myself and make better, if i was served by a hot waiter or the eatery itself is somehow cool, then that’s where the money’s going. maybe you should try not being such a food-nazi, asshole. >:O

  3. hahaha, yeah, obviously i’m not like decrying the entire restaurant experience. my point is more that if you want to make a pb&j yourself, you can. if there really were a pb&j serving restaurant (lets leave aside the fact that pb&js are fucking disgusting), my guess is that you’re not going to go there EVERY time the urge strikes you to eat a sandwich. similarly, sometimes i (and possibly others) might like to eat black bean noodles without the hassle of the restaurant experience.

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