Nigel Barden’s Beijing Bolognese recipe on Radio 2 Drivetime

Nigel Barden served up a tasty Chinese Spaghetti or Beijing Bolognese noodle dish to celebrate Chinese New Year on Radio 2 Drivetime with Simon Mayo.

The ingredients are: 400g fresh Shanghai noodles (cui mian), or you can substitute 250g dried standard thick wheat noodles (lo mein) or medium egg noodles and 1 tsp groundnut oil.

For the stir-fry: 2 tbsp groundnut oil, 200g pork belly, finely chopped, 200g minced pork, 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 1cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled & finely chopped and 6 spring onions (white parts only; save the green parts for the garnish), finely chopped.

For the sauce: 100ml Chinese rice wine or dry sherry, 4 tbsp yellow soybean sauce (or substitute with brown or black bean sauce), 4 tbsp sweet wheat sauce (tianmianjiang), or 2 tbsp hoisin sauce mixed with 2 tbsp Indonesian sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), 1 tbsp golden caster sugar, 2 tbsp light soy sauce and 2 tbsp dark soy sauce.

To garnish: 100g beansprouts, topped and tailed, 1 Asian or Lebanese cucumber, or ½ regular cucumber, peeled, deseeded and julienned, 6 spring onions (green parts only), julienned.