Black bean beef meatballs with stir-fried noodles

Black bean beef meatballs with stir-fried noodles

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

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Serves 4

Try out a new idea with beef mince - served in balls in a Chinese sauce with sweet chilli and five-spice

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  • 300g minced beef
  • 200g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 120g sachet black bean sauce (we used Blue Dragon)
  • 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil, plus a little extra
  • 2-3 nests medium egg noodles
  • about 400g pack mixed stir-fry vegetables
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed
  • ½ bunch mint, leaves picked

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  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Make the meatballs by mixing together the minced beef, breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp of the black bean sauce, 1 tbsp each of sweet chilli sauce and ketchup, and 1 tsp five-spice. Shape into walnut-sized meatballs. It will be quite wet, but this is fine – just oil your hands first and roll gently. Transfer to a baking tray in a single layer and cook for 25 mins, turning once, until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles following pack instructions, drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Cook the vegetables for a few mins, then add the noodles and remaining black bean, sweet chilli, ketchup, five-spice and the soy sauce, tossing well to coat everything.
  3. Serve divided between 4 bowls, topped with the meatballs and sprinkled with the sesame seeds and mint.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2013

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janelle25's picture
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Omitted breadcrumbs from meatballs and just threw them raw in with the vegetables. Cooked with lid on for about four minutes then continued following recipe. Meatballs were tender and juicy. Have also done this recipe with pork and chicken mince and this was just as good. My family love it and changing the sauce to other Chinese flavoured sauces (sweet and sour etc) works just as well.

cwisbey's picture

Try using whole meal bread, I find this makes a much moister consistency

cwisbey's picture

My family love this easy midweek winner, I have always followed the recipe and the meatballs never turn out dry, just very yummy!

annemia's picture

I did love this dish although I had forgotten to buy the blackbean sauce (just used some extra ketchup, five spice and sweet chili in the meatballs) and used far less (and dried) breadcrumbs. But putting the meatballs in the oven made them really good I thought and I will use that method of cooking again. Overall a very useful workday recipe which was a hit.

sllyst's picture
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I don't even want to give this recipe 1 star. I cook a LOT and this is a very basic recipe but within 15 minutes the meatballs had burnt and when I tasted one, they were disgusting and that was after using 1/3 less breadcrumbs. They tasted like cardboard with five spice, complete waste of time any money. First really bad rating i've given after literally hundreds of recipes I've done.

joff01's picture
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A great tasting meal and with baking the meatballs in the oven, really easy too.

If you like the flavours of black bean sauce and chinese five spice then you'll love this. The meatballs are very sweet and moorish, so make sure you make plenty!

goodfoodgoodfood's picture
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DIdnt like this there was too much breadcrumbs which made the meatballs dry and too much 5 spice

faye07's picture

A beautiful easy tasty meal .... a keeper