Easy Spicy Chinese Noodles with Pork
June 25, 2014
There are some days – and this is one of them – when I need a bit of dirty spice to get me going. Something with meat and heat, something that will slither into my mouth, something that will leave a glow and remind me that tomorrow – or the next day – the sun is bound to come up.
Most people would consider this supper, but few things make me happier in the morning. After all, why not?
Spicy Chinese Noodles
Cook a pound of Chinese noodles, dried egg noodles or spaghetti until al dente, drain, toss with a tablespoon of peanut oil and set aside.
Mince fresh, peeled ginger until you have a quarter cup (it should be about a 3 inch long piece).
Chop 4 scallions.
Mix 2 teaspoons of sugar into 5 tablespoons of Chinese hot bean paste with garlic (or Korean Kochujang sauce) and set aside.
Heat a wok until a drop of water skitters across the surface. Add two tablespoons of peanut oil, toss in the ginger and stir fry for about half a minute, until the fragrance is hovering over the wok.
Add a pound of ground pork and stir fry until all traces of pink have disappeared. Add the bean sauce mixture and cook and stir for about 2 minutes.
Stir in the scallions and noodles, and quickly toss. Add a drop of sesame oil and turn out onto a platter.
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I made this tonight, and it is quick, easy and delicious. I could easily eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
These have become a staple at our house. Thanks for this super easy recipe!
This is such a perfect recipe and has become a staple in our family. I just made a vegetarian version using cauliflower chopped very fine in my magimix and it was almost as good as the porky version. Great stuff.
Please give me the brand of Chinese hot bean paste!
I use Lan Chi Black Bean Sauce with Chili, which is sold in many supermarkets. It’spretty hot, so I sometimes cut it with Union Foods Brand Bean Paste if I’m making it for someone with a low tolerance for spice.
I’m making this for the first time today because someone gave me a jar of the Lan Chi Black Bean Sauce with Chili and I’m stuck on my own book project. (When I can’t write, I cook.) As I chop scallions and ginger, I’m listening to you read Save Me the Plums, which I love on myriad levels. Essentially I’m participating in a one-woman Reichl immersion program here in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, today. I’m sure you’re busy with your upcoming book release, but I miss your blog posts!
I loved “Save Me The Plums.” It spurred me to a try a spate of recipes this week — Chicken Tiki Masala, a pseudo risotto dish made with pearled barley and black-eyed peas, and an eggplant parmesan casserole. As soon as I can get the Chinese black bean paste with garlic, your Easy Spicy Chinese Noodles With Pork will be on the household menu.
I read Save Me the Plums and saw this recipe and knew I had to make it. It has also become a staple in our house. I am planning on making it this weekend as part of my Chinese New Year menu too! Thank you Ruth for sharing it! Miss Gourmet Magazine every day!
I’m making this recipe tonight. I was very lucky growing up, in that my dear mother was a lifelong gourmet chef and Gourmet subscriber (she was the oldest ever graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco). I miss her, and I miss you and Gourmet, Ruth, and try to honor you both by becoming a serious (home) chef myself.
I cannot wait to try the Soicy Chinese Noodles! I have a recipe for pumpkin muffins from Gourmet that is my son’s favorite and even in July he requests them. Loved Gourmet so much!!! Thank you for sharing your recipes and tales of your time at the magazine.
I cannot wait to try the Spicy Chinese Noodles! I have a recipe for pumpkin muffins from Gourmet that is my son’s favorite and even in July he requests them. Loved Gourmet so much!!! Thank you for sharing your recipes and tales of your time at the magazine in Save Me the Plums.
I love this recipe! I discovered it when I read Save Me the Plums, which was a great read by the way, and I’ve been making it every since. The family loves it. Thanks Ruth!
This Easy Spicy Chinese Noodles with Pork is so delicious and absolutely flavorful! I used my favorite authentic Chinese Bean Paste that I bought from Karman Foods and they are extra delicious and aromatic! Will definitely make another try.