Make Ahead

Smoked Tea Black Bean Noodles with Pork

February 24, 2015
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Fermented black beans + lapsang souchong + pork = LOVE. I have been braising all manners of pork in various combinations of the above formula for a few years now and it never disappoints. As delicious as it is, it does typically take a chunk of time for my normal preparations (ribs, shoulder) though I have made a pressure cooker version that is quite good. I decided to try it with ground pork for a quicker, weeknight meal and was very pleased with the results. In just 30 minutes, the dish was done and the flavors just as complex as I hoped.

You can use many different types of noodles. For this version I used soba and the earthy flavor was very good with the sauce, but fresh alkaline noodles would also work well. This recipe would work well substituting crumbled, firm tofu for the pork. You could also try swapping the pork for ground lamb using orange marmalade in place of the maple syrup for a unusual but delicious twist.

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a great comfort food noodle meal, with a hint of the exotic. The fermented black beans give it a vaguely identifiable Asian umami, and the Lapsang souchong does add just a bit of smokiness. The recipe calls for 1 C steeped tea, but does not specify how much tea/how many bags or for how long. I had some loose tea leaves, so I steeped 5 g for 5 minutes. I think the finished dish could have handled a little more of that signature smokiness, but a little lapsang goes a long way, and I didn't want to overpower anything. I used cornstarch rather than rice flour, and soba for my noodles. I ended up thinning it out with about a 1/2 C of water, and my dish looked a lot saucier than the pictures indicate. The result was an enormous brown mass - hardly pleasing to the eye but quite tasty and satisfying. The green onions helped add color, crunch and a little zip, along with a side of steamed vibrant green broccoli. —Allison Bruns Buford

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fermented black beans, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork (see note below)
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons toasted rice flour (or cornstarch)
  • 1 cup steeped Lapsang souchong tea
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 8 ounces noodles
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Green onions for garnish
  1. Note: If your pork is very fatty, you may wish to brown it first, drain it, and then sauté your shallots etc. Mine was fairly lean, so I browned the pork with the aromatics.
  2. Heat peanut oil and cook shallots, garlic, ginger, and black beans for about 5 minutes until very fragrant. Stir in pork and cook until no longer pink. Add sherry and cook until no liquid is left in the pan. Add rice flour and stir, cooking a few more minutes.
  3. Mix tea, syrup, and soy and add to pan, stirring to mix. Simmer about 5 minutes then add peanut butter and cook until thickened. If too thick, you may thin a bit with just a bit of water.
  4. Cook noodles according to the package directions, drain, and toss with sesame oil. Stir in pork mixture and garnish with green onions. Serve with something green like bok choy, spinach, or broccoli.

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10 Reviews

LeBec F. February 4, 2024
Have been exploring various uses for lapsang souchong and i applaud this recipe, but you really lost me w/ the peanut butter which i think would greatly override the smoked tea.
so i'll be making a delish dish w/o the nut butter. thx so much,
savorthis February 5, 2024
I definitely went through a smoked tea phase- I have everything from apps to ice cream recipes on this site. I will have to revisit some of them! If you try it without the PB let me know. I had added it just for a bit of creaminess and a thickener which also reminded me of peanut noodles which I love.
EL February 12, 2016
Looks like a good recipe, but why is it in the "Lamb" category? I'm not complaining. I wouldn't have found it otherwise.
Food April 16, 2015
I thought this was a recipe for black bean noodles. .. noodles made out of black beans, lol. I was hoping to find a specific recipe for the "black bean spaghetti."
Rainy D. March 27, 2015
I have not try this recipe yet, but I love black bean noodles. I have been eating black bean noodles or buckwheat noodles soups for a month now. I eat it for breakfast and lunch. by the time dinner rolls around, not hungry anymore. I noticed that I have lost fats around my stomach. My tight shorts I could not zip them up before, lol, I can zip them up now without huffing and puffing, lol.
Fairmount_market March 12, 2015
I can't wait to try this.
hardlikearmour March 12, 2015
This sounds delicious. I'm in the smoked tea lover category, too.
sweetlolo February 27, 2015
Sounds great. Step 2 mentions black beans, but I don't see them on the ingredient list. Can you add that? Thanks.
savorthis February 27, 2015
Oops- it disappeared in my editing! Until the editors help fix it: you need 2 T of fermented black beans, rinsed and chopped.
aargersi February 24, 2015
Yum! Go team Smoked Tea!!!! I want this