Noodles with Peas and Ground Pork (碗 Wan 杂 Za 面Mian) is a popular Noodles dish in Sichuan and Chongqing. It is a dried noodle dish with no soup. Instead, cooked noodles are served with steamed peas, scallion pieces and fried crispy ground pork. Usually a small bowl of soup comes with the dry noodle dish.
Traditionally the peas used in the dish are dried yellow peas, which are boiled for hours in a pot till they becomes very soft. To save time, high pressue cooker is used to get the peas cooked quick and easy. Believe it or not, we did have a hard time to find dried yellow peas here in Houston. We cannot get it from the usual markets such as restaurant depot. We cannot even find it in Chinese grocery stores in Chinatown. We finally got some on internet but quite expensive if you include shipping. So if you happen to know a good source for dried yellow peas, please feel free to contact us.
The ground pork is deeply stir-fried till it's a little bit crispy. Sometimes chicken or beef is used to replace the pork.
At Chef Liu Restaurant, we are trying very hard to re-create the noodle dish just as in Sichuan and Chongqing. With dried yellow peas and ground pork, the noodles are mixed with chili oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and other ingredients which make the dish very tasteful.