Bian dou men mian (扁豆焖面) or steamed noodles and green beans is a delicious noodle dish that we learned from our ayi in Beijing. Remember her? She helped us make Chinese peanut brittle on the blog last year. She’d see us cooking and blogging on the weekends, and suggested we post this dish, which was a favorite that she’d make for her family often. She showed us how to make it, and we all agreed that it was a huge winner.
Bian dou men mian loosely translates to “green bean noodles cooked in a covered pot.” It’s a mouthful, I know. But I can assure you of one thing, and it’s that you aren’t likely to find this steamed noodles and green beans dish in restaurants. I have yet to see it on a menu anywhere.
So what’s so great about this noodles and green beans recipe, you might ask…
Well first of all, it is a super easy and very straightforward recipe.
Secondly, the dish is made by steaming fresh noodles, yielding a delightfully chewy, “al dente” texture. The noodles are steamed with a great sauce, along with green beans and seared pork.
Of course, timing is everything, and with the abundance of green beans from my garden, I feel the time has come to share this great recipe with everyone. We have shown you how to make 焖饭(“men fan”) using a rice cooker, and with today’s 焖面(men mian), your kitchen will never be the same again.
Feel free to adjust the recipe to your own tastes, but remember one thing—fresh noodles are necessary for this dish!
Place a large sheet of parchment paper on the steaming rack, and loosely pile the fresh white (wheat) noodles on the parchment paper. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, tossing the noodles lightly in the oil.
Steam for 10 to 12 minutes over high heat (this cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your noodles). Remove from heat and set aside.
Now add the pork…
…and turn up the heat to high. Stir-fry until the pork is opaque.
Then spread the pork out in a single layer on the wok’s surface to brown the meat (30 seconds to a minute).
Stir in the green beans and cook for a couple minutes.
Uncover the wok; you’ll see that the liquid in the wok has reduced slightly. Turn down the heat, and mix everything together to coat the noodles with sauce.
The sauce should be soaked into the noodles very quickly. Serve your Bian Dou Men Mian immediately.
This Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles and Green Beans dish is very unique and equally delicious!