Friday, May 31, 2013

Lo Mein Noodles with Ground Pork

I love easy one pot dishes and noodles or pasta are at the top of the list.  Asian dishes are also a family favorite so putting the two together usually makes a major win at the dinner table.  I love walking through my Asian supermarket and looking at all the types of Asian Noodles they have.  They have an entire aisle (both sides) dedicated to noodles from all the Asian countries.  I love the variety from wheat flour, rice flour, mung bean, sweet potato and the list goes on.  I found these lovely lo mein style nests during one of my visits and knew I had to give them a try.  I am glad I experimented with them because they were fantastic.  I went right back out to the store a few days later and bought another packet to cook again soon.

12-16oz noodles (lo mein, spaghetti, linguine) prepared per packet instructions.
1lb ground pork (lean pork)
1 medium onion sliced or chopped
2 inch grated ginger
2-3 cloves of garlic grated or minced
1-2 carrots grated or julienned into strips
1-2 stalks celery sliced
1 red bell pepper sliced or sweet chilies sliced
2 cups napa cabbage or green cabbage sliced
red chili flakes to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
1 bunch spring/green onions sliced - keep green tops for garnish

3-4 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs oyster sauce
2-3 Tbs water
1 Tbs  Shao Hsing Chinese Rice Wine or substitute dry sherry 
1 Tbs hoisin sauce
1 Tbs sriracha sauce 
1 Tbs sesame oil
1 tsp rice wine vinegar

Cook noodles according to package instructions.  Drain and keep until later. Prep all vegetables and have ready for stir fry.   Heat 2Tbs of canola oil in large wok and brown ground pork.  Add grated ginger, garlic, salt and pepper.  Then add all the prepared vegetables and saute for several minutes until desired texture.

Then add prepared sauce and mix well.   Finally add cooked noodles and toss well with all ingredients.  Taste for seasoning.  Add more soy sauce for salt flavor as desired.  Top with green onions slices as a garnish. Enjoy.


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