Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce Recipe

This hearty and addictive Meat Sauce Recipe can be serve over Taiwanese noodles or rice. We call it Taiwanese spaghetti! Quick to make and perfect for busy weeknights.

meat sauce recipe on noodles

Why this Noodles with Meat Sauce recipe is so good

  • A hearty and addictive meat sauce.
  • Easy to make – only 15 mins.
  • Kids will love it, we call it Taiwanese Spaghetti!
  • An inexpensive meal, perfect for weeknights. 

Ingredients 

  • Noodles or rice
  • Chicken broth
  • Dark soy sauce (or oyster sauce), light soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • Chinese five spice powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Ground pork
  • Garlic cloves
  • Bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, green onions

How to make this Noodles with Meat Sauce recipe – step by step

  1. Cook the noodles or rice according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, dark soy sauce, regular soy sauce, vinegar, five spice powder and brown sugar. Set aside.
  3. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add in the onion and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the ground meat and cook for 2 minutes. Push aside the onion and ground beef to one side of the wok to create a small spot to fry the garlic. Add in the garlic and stir fry for a few seconds or until you begin smelling the garlic. Add in the bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Toss everything in the wok together.
  4. Pour in the broth/soy sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the green onions. Serve the ground beef mixture over the noodles or rice.

Taiwanese Spaghetti!

Despite having an embarrassing amount of cookbooks on my shelves, my family’s favorite recipes are the ones I’ve riffed on from my Mom’s cooking. Earlier this summer, when we took a little vacation to visit parents, Mom made a Taiwanese noodle dish with a hearty meat sauce. To “sell” it to my kids, she called  it, “Taiwanese Spaghetti.” Though, in all honesty, meat + noodles need no selling to my kids, they’ll happily eat without reservation.

An easy Meat Sauce recipe

Taiwanese meat sauce is something nearly every Taiwanese mama cooks in weekly rotation, and it’s served over rice or noodles. It’s traditionally made with ground pork, Chinese black mushrooms and lots of shallots. The seasonings include warm Chinese five-spice powder, both dark and light soy sauce, black vinegar and a touch of brown sugar.

To make an easy version with everyday ingredients from the local supermarket, I’ve made a few substitutions.

Can you freeze this Meat Sauce recipe?

Meat sauce freezes well, meaning you can make enough for several more meals and store the sauce in your freezer until you are ready to use it. For best results, use the frozen meat sauce within about four months. Ladle the meat sauce into rigid freezer-safe containers.

How to cook Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce (video)

Short 2 minute video on how to make this recipe.

Top Tips for this Noodles with Meat Sauce recipe

  • If you can’t get Chinese black vinegar, you can use young balsamic vinegar.
  • You can use ground beef, pork or chicken, they all work great!
  • You can serve it over noodles or rice.
  • To make it spicy, add Spicy Chili Oil to the noodles.

 

bowl of noodles and meat sauce

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Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce Recipe (Taiwanese Spaghetti)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This Hearty and addictive Meat Sauce Recipe can be serve over Taiwanese noodles or rice. We call it Taiwanese spaghetti! Quick to make and perfect for busy weeknights.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: meat sauce, spaghetti, taiwanese noodles
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 822 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 1 pound noodles or rice of your choice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce or oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon light regular soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar or young balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork or ground beef/chicken/turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 8 ounce can bamboo shoots drained and diced
  • 4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms diced
  • 1 stalk green onion chopped
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles or rice according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, dark soy sauce, regular soy sauce, vinegar, five spice powder and brown sugar. Set aside.
  3. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add in the onion and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the ground meat and cook for 2 minutes. Push aside the onion and ground beef to one side of the wok to create a small spot to fry the garlic. Add in the garlic and stir fry for a few seconds or until you begin smelling the garlic. Add in the bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Toss everything in the wok together.
  4. Pour in the broth/soy sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the green onions. Serve the ground beef mixture over the noodles or rice.
Nutrition Facts
Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce Recipe (Taiwanese Spaghetti)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 822 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 753mg22%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.