Rice Noodles with Black Bean Sauce

Don’t let the name or ingredients fool you with this pasta dish. Rice noodles are simply the easiest noodles you can possibly handle and the black bean sauce is far from being complex. There are plenty of recipes for black bean sauce most of which have you using a black bean paste you can find in most Korean markets. However, although I am a cook- I am also a mom with a million things on my plate so making a special trip to the Korean market (don’t even know where one is) just doesn’t make the errand cut. However, maybe one day it will because I am dying to get my hands on some of the fabulous Korean ingredients I see in a lot of recipes floating around here in blog land.

In light of not having black bean paste or fermented black beans (both of which you supposedly must have for a true authentic sauce) I decided to lighted up the idea of a black bean sauce by using dare I say- Canned Black Beans with a little more broth than usually required and for an even more rare twist I incorporated diced tomatoes. I know! It all seems to much to handle right now but just take it easy, have a seat and soak it all in before running to the store for all the ingredients!  It just made the dish sauce not as heavy as I have had it before and was in fact perfect for a light summer dinner. The taste was undeniably amazing and I like to think I have myself a winner.

I began this post with how simple it is to cook rice noodles but what I didn’t tell you was that I had never done worked with them until this dish. Though after one night of cooking this dish I can tell you I now have a stocked pantry of rice noodles! So how did my inexperienced attempt at these rice noodles pan out? Pretty well I must say! Actually, amazingly well!  I was so pleased with the simplicity of the noodles, the flavor and the perfect pairing alongside the sauce. Pork is one of my favorite things to eat with pasta (weird I know) so combining the grilled sweet pork with the black bean sauce was phenomenal.


Rice Noodles with Black Bean Sauce


For the Marinade:

1 -1 1/2 pounds of pork chops, cubed

1 tsp chili powder

1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

4 TBSP sugar

2 1/2 tsp cornstarch

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup white cooking wine

2 tsp sesame oil

canola oil

For the Black Bean Sauce:

1 can black beans- do not drain (keep the juice for extra bean flavor)

2 bay leaves

1 tsp salt and pepper each

1 can of diced tomatoes (drained)

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp soy sauce

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups of water

2 cups chicken broth


Combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, wine, sugar, Worcestershire, chili powder and sesame oil until smooth. Pour the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes to an 1 hour. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry the pork in 2 teaspoons canola oil until juices run clear; remove and keep warm.

Place beans in a large non-stick skillet with all of the other ingredients except for 1 cup of the broth and water each. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours. Add additional water if needed. Remove bay leaves, then using a potato masher mash the potatoes until the mixture resembles a thick sauce. Add the remaining cup of chicken broth and water and stir like crazy! Season with extra salt if necessary and return pork to the pan.

Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles; toss with pork and bean sauce.



  1. nicole

    yum! i’ll definitely be making this!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  2. kitchen flavours

    Your noodles looks so good! Never thought of making my own black bean sauce! I always use straight right out of the bottle! You are fantastic! Have a lovely weekend!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  3. Sonia

    This look simple and delicious !

    15 . Jul . 2011
  4. Erica

    Ah! I’ve never made a black bean sauce. I so want to try. Thank you for the recipe – and I appreciate the use of ingredients that are available to all of us. Have a fantastic weekend

    15 . Jul . 2011
  5. kelli

    You inspire me more and more everyday, I havent cooked with Rice noodles, so this should be fun. Mauri is my pasty lover, you say noodles and she is in, the rest of us love it too. Thanks

    15 . Jul . 2011
  6. Greg

    I love good, quick pastas and I normally do more of an Italian theme with my pastas so I like seeing ones that help break me out of that mold, well at least temporarily.

    15 . Jul . 2011
  7. Angie@Angiesrecipes

    Looks homey, and delicious!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  8. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I have never had rice noodles but I am really looking forward to trying them! This sauce sounds amazing and I oh so love black beans,

    15 . Jul . 2011
  9. Silver Strands

    Yay for simplifying and NOT making a special trip to the Asian Market! Thanks for this.

    15 . Jul . 2011
  10. Bonnie

    We are fortunate to have all those markets in the area. Usually a trip to a Korean, Thai, Chinese, etc neighborhood includes lunch at one of the ethnic restaurants!! This recipe sounds delicious!

    Have a great weekend.


    15 . Jul . 2011
  11. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I have not made my own black bean sauce, but it is a genius idea!! Sounds so fantastic!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  12. Three-Cookies

    Thats a very interesting fusion black bean dish, I won’t be surprised if the Korean adopt your version:)

    15 . Jul . 2011
  13. Gopika

    Wow.. your noodles look so soft and yummy.. I like the bean sauce too.. Have to try this combo soon 🙂

    15 . Jul . 2011
  14. sweetlife

    black bean sauce, love it!! I know my family would love this for dinner, great recipe

    15 . Jul . 2011
  15. Kim Sisto Robinson

    ~~This looks sooooo good. My tummy is Grooowling! WoooW

    15 . Jul . 2011
  16. Leah

    I love black bean sauce but never get to have it unless like you said I get it from the markets. Wonderful recipe

    15 . Jul . 2011
  17. Bella

    Cooking with rice noodles is so easy and I urge everyone to try it. This dish looks fantastic with the black bean sauce and yummy pork

    15 . Jul . 2011
  18. Food Glorious food

    I love rice noodles and this recipe is just perfect for Sunday lunch with my friends 🙂 !!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  19. Maris(In Good Taste)

    This looks really delicious. I am putting this on my immediate to do list

    15 . Jul . 2011
  20. thatssoron

    bella, u r like a recipe machine!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  21. sonia

    Hi Dear, I loved the addition of black beans to your rice noodles. Looks simply delicious and cant resist having it virtually. Happy blogging, sonia !

    15 . Jul . 2011
  22. Jody Brettkelly

    Love anything with noodles, am so hungry feel as though I could reach out and bit into these!

    15 . Jul . 2011
  23. daphne

    yay to experimenting! What a simple light noodle dish. Salty flavours to go with this slurpy noodles! Can i be invited to lunch please?

    15 . Jul . 2011
  24. yummychunklet

    I love it when a dish comes together like this. Your pasta looks quite tasty! Can’t wait to try it.

    15 . Jul . 2011
  25. Candace

    This looks so good! I am so glad that you’ve created a sauce that can be made by those of us who do not have a Korean grocery store nearby. I would probably have to travel to Boston for the bean paste. On the other hand, if you make it to Houston, there are a few pretty great Asian markets on Bellaire. Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    15 . Jul . 2011
  26. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    The sauce sounds fantastic, I’d love to try it!

    16 . Jul . 2011
  27. Mary

    What a great idea – and black beans are not only delicious but so good for you – great recipe – thanks!
    Mary x

    16 . Jul . 2011
  28. Shea

    This is something I’ve never tried anything like before. I never knew that black beans could be turned into a sauce for noodles…very interesting. But I love black beans, so I don’t see how it could be bad!

    16 . Jul . 2011
  29. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    Oooh this sounds like such an incredible meal! I would love to try making this 🙂

    16 . Jul . 2011
  30. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I love the black bean sauce idea! Tasty 🙂

    16 . Jul . 2011
  31. wizzythestick

    Healthy and looks delicious and l.ove your clever use of canned black beans

    16 . Jul . 2011
  32. val


    17 . Jul . 2011
  33. Anna and Liz Recipes

    I have never made anything Asian ( Yet!) but this looks delicious and it has to be good!
    Everything you make is wonderful! YOUR FAbulous!

    17 . Jul . 2011
  34. Linda

    Mmmm…. I’m thinking you have a winner here too with this sauce! I’ve had black beans with tomatoes; very flavorful and creative idea! I’m not one to run out for special ingredients so I really like that you used the black beans to create the bean paste.

    17 . Jul . 2011
  35. Kristy

    I’m printing this one out for sure! A pasta that I might be able to get everyone in the family to eat (rather than making three different sauces)! Yum!

    17 . Jul . 2011
  36. Jane Kirn

    My kids are grown and out of the house. However this looks like something they would of loved. I am loving it by just seeing your photos and the ingredients. Another print out!

    18 . Jul . 2011
  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    From title I thought of Chinese black bean sauce (as the noodle is also rice noodle). =P I love your black bean sauce from looking at the recipe. It’s nice. I love all kinds of quick dinner recipes and this will be one of my to-make list. I love food blogging – get all kinds of recipes for free! =)

    18 . Jul . 2011
  38. Joanne

    Next time I see some black bean paste, I’m sending it to you. Deal?

    These look so good, regardless, though! A fabulous noodle dish.

    18 . Jul . 2011
  39. Bella

    love this! a win win dish for us because i like black beans and my husband loves rice noodles

    18 . Jul . 2011
  40. SaltyKichen

    Love it! it looks like the ultimate meal

    18 . Jul . 2011
  41. lena

    at first i thought it’s the type of chinese fermented black bean sauce. The sauce you’re making sounds really flavourful and i can imagine how tasty this dish is!

    18 . Jul . 2011
  42. SweetandSavory

    Amazing! The black bean sauce sounds delicious

    19 . Jul . 2011
  43. Barefeet In The Kitchen

    This looks amazing. I am so glad I stumbled onto your blog today. I am loving it already and I am happily following you now!

    27 . Jul . 2011

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