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XO Sauce Noodles

XO Sauce

XO Sauce

XO Sauce Noodles

This is the XO Sauce version of Zha Jiang Miang (Chinese fried meat sauce noodles). It always handy to have a bottle of XO sauce in the kitchen, where it can be eaten on its own as a condiment or used in stir-fries.


  • 200 grams minced pork may substitute with chicken
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 5 shallots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 slices ginger minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms stalks removed; diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 50 grams baby bok choy (xiao bai cai, 小白菜)
  • 4 servings Shanghai noodles or fine Mee Suah
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions

(A) Marinade

  • 3 tbsp XO Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • a few dashes white pepper powder to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  1. In a bowl, marinade minced meat with (A) for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in wok and add shallots & ginger; stir-fry until shallots are softened and fragrant. Add minced garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add diced mushrooms and marinated meat. Stir fry until the meat is cooked on the surface, breaking the mince to smaller pieces using a frying turner/spatula.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water, simmer on low heat with lid on for about 5 minutes, or until the meat sauce liquid is reduced. Set aside the cooked minced meat topping.
  5. In a pot of water with some cooking oil added, blanch baby boy choy for about 20 seconds, followed by noodles according to timing indicated on packaging. Set aside.
  6. Toss 1 serving of noodles with about 3 tbsp of meat sauce, adding some water used to cook the noodles to help bind the ingredients together if the noodles are too dry.
  7. Transfer meat noodles to serving dish and top with blanched greens and spring onions. Serve with a side condiment of XO sauce.
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12 comments on “XO Sauce Noodles”

  1. Hi, can I omit xo sauce and use more hoisin sauce? May I know how much more to use?

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