Throw it all together and call it dinner? Alrighty then, I will.
You know this kinda thing, I know you do. Is it even a recipe? Meh. Who cares.
It’s classic craving food that’s easily adaptable depending on whatever you have on hand. Which, if you’re like me, is usually things like yucky varieties of beans that I’ve been avoiding (I’ve been giving the stink eye to one dusty old can of kidney beans for at least 6 months), condiments that I’m afraid of (ahem, fish sauce), and a half opened box of cake mix that was supposed to become some kind of Christmas treat. BEFORE Christmas. Woops. Pantry stocking is not my strength.
But even if this means a quick trip to the store, it’s worth it. Because this one is all about YOU. It’s like a noodle buffet for your very own face right in your very own house.
You get to choose everything! Like your favorite veggies. Your opinion on whether or not you want peanut butter in your sauce. Your preferred style of noodles. Except can I interject with a quick recommendation for rice noodles? It’s weirdly fun to shovel a forkful of those super-thin-and-delicate little things into your mouth.
And if you have picky family members, no big deal. It’s a buffet, remember? Build your own deliciousness, kiddos. And I just thought of something: rice noodles are gluten free! Hey-o!
Sometimes I eat a big bowl of these noodles at 4:25pm just because I feel like it.
And that is the perfect truth.
Imagine the fork. Loaded with noodles. The juicy pork. The sauce. Maybe extra sauce. The flavor. The garlic. It was made for craving. Isn’t that usually how noodles and saucy Asian pork goes?
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 3.5 tablespoons sesame oil or canola oil
- 2 tablespoons honey + 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 dash fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons vinegar + a squeeze of lime if you have it
- 5 cloves finely minced garlic
- 1 piece fresh grated ginger (1-2 tablespoons)
- 1 minced hot pepper (i.e. jalapeno, chili pepper, etc)
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
- 1½ lbs. pork cut into thin strips (mine was called “pork stroganoff”)
- 9 oz. rice noodles
- grated carrots, chopped scallions, chopped peanuts, cilantro
- Whisk all the sauce ingredients together (soy sauce, water, oil, honey, sugar, fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, peppers, hoisin, and peanut butter). You could also puree the sauce in a food processor to get the garlic, peppers, and ginger smooth.
- Marinate the pork in the sauce overnight or for at least a few hours. I did mine overnight and then some, about 15 hours.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and stir-fry the pork until browned on the outside. I found that there wasn’t a whole lot of extra sauce after marinating, but I discarded the little bit that was left.
- Cook your rice noodles according to package directions. Keep a little bit of liquid with the noodles to make sure it doesn’t dry out. Top with pork, carrots, scallions, peanuts, cilantro, and extra sauce of choice (more hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sweet chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, etc). This is definitely a build-your-own kind of thing – just throw whatever you like in there with the noodles.
Here are the stats for 6 servings without the peanut butter or added nuts. Adding the peanut butter to the sauce will give you about 50 additional calories per serving.
Guess what? Less than one week to go till Food Blogger Pro!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <– That was totally neurotic and unprofessional, and also necessary.
I’m just a little bit pumped up about it.
ME? Emotionally eating bowls of noodles to calm my nerves before the launch? Nope. No way.