Black Bean Noodles with Sweet Potato and Beef

One of my favorite Korean dishes is Jajangmyeon, a noodle dish that is topped with a sauce made mostly from fermented black bean paste. I made a version of it this past weekend that used rice noodles instead of the usual wheat ones. I also tossed the noodles in the sauce instead of just topping them with it. I added a little fish sauce and lime juice to add some funky tangyness. I think my favorite addition though, was sweet potato instead of regular potato. It came out great, tasting alot like the original, but with a nice little twist.
Start with the sweet potato in the pan. Actually the beef was first, then it comes out of the pan. Onion, zucchini, and brussel sprouts. I used brussel sprouts because I had some on hand, but the traditional dish normally has cabbage. The cooked beef goes back in after some garlic and habanero. Bean paste in next.
Toss it with the pasta. I love the color! Serve with a little extra lime. What a fun and delicious dish. The black bean paste is really salty and savory, which is why the lime and vinegar help lighten it up a little and cut through the savoryness. The rice noodles were an interesting change for the dish as well.

Black Bean Noodles with Sweet Potato and Beef

  • 14 Ounces Rice Noodles (cooked according to package)
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Onion (diced)
  • 1 Small Sweet Potato (diced)
  • 1/2 Zucchini (diced)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 Clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Habanero (minced)
  • 1/4 Cup Fermented Black Bean Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Limes
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • Splash Water

Instructions

  1. Cook the beef in like half the sesame oil to brown and remove from pan. Cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes to lightly brown and cook almost fully through. Add the onion and cook 10 minutes until just starting to brown. Add in the zucchini and cook 2 minutes. Add the sprouts and cook 3 minutes. Add the garlic and habanero, cook 2 minutes. Add the beef and stir. Add in the noodles and stir. Add in the bean paste, fish sauce, and remaining sesame oil. Cook a few minutes until heated through. Remove from heat and squeeze in lime. As you make this dish, go light with the salt because the bean paste is pretty salty.