Black bean beef meatballs with stir-fried noodles

Black bean beef meatballs with stir-fried noodles

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Try out a new idea with beef mince - served in balls in a Chinese sauce with sweet chilli and five-spice

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal639
  • fat19g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs87g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre5g
  • protein30g
  • salt5.1g
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  • 300g minced beef
  • 200g fresh breadcrumb
  • 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
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2-3 nests medium egg noodles
  • about 400g pack mixed stir-fry vegetables
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp sesame seed
  • ½ bunch mint, leaves picked



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  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.

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4th Nov, 2015
Mine fell apart apart, so will probably add an egg to the mix next time. I only used about half the amount of breadcrumbs, but I don't think that was it... Maybe it was the lean mince?
17th Jun, 2014
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.
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13th Jul, 2013
Try using whole meal bread, I find this makes a much moister consistency
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10th Jul, 2013
My family love this easy midweek winner, I have always followed the recipe and the meatballs never turn out dry, just very yummy!
2nd Jul, 2013
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.
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20th Apr, 2013
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.
18th Apr, 2013
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!
14th Mar, 2013
DIdnt like this there was too much breadcrumbs which made the meatballs dry and too much 5 spice
13th Mar, 2013
A beautiful easy tasty meal .... a keeper
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