RECIPE BOX: CHINESE BBQ PORK LO MEIN
Last week, G and I tried a new Chinese place near the house. While everything was good, I became a little bit obsessed with the BBQ pork bits in the fried rice. Yesterday I had a major Chinese BBQ pork craving, so I decided to make my own and put it in some noodles! I'm starting to get fairly comfortable with asian flavors (since, next to Mexican, Chinese is my comfort food.. I mean, really, what sounds better than a bottle of red and a nice big place of lo mein with an egg role while watching a chick flick?) so I winged this one, and Reader? It's delicious!
CHINESE BBQ PORK LO MEIN
1 Package Soba Noodles
4 Carrots, peeled and diced into small cubes
2 C shredded Cabbage
1 White Onion, thinly sliced
4 Green Onions, sliced diagonally
4 Pork Chops
For the Sauce:
4T Rice Wine Vinegar
4T Brown Sugar
2/3 C Soy Sauce
For the Marinade:
1/2 C Soy Sauce
1/3 C Honey
1/3 C Brown Sugar
1/3 C Ketchup
4T Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Chinese Five Spice
Cut the pork into 2" strips, against the grain. Place in a single layer in a pyrex dish. Combine all marinade ingredients in a sauce pan, and simmer while whisking until sugar is dissolved and ingredients are well combined. Pour over pork. Let marinade for at least 30 min, but preferably up to 4 hrs.
Heat a wok pan to very hot with a mix of sesame and olive oil (I use 1 part sesame to 3 parts olive). Place strips of pork in to cook without crowding (5-6 pieces at a time) and cover. Turn after 2-3 min, or when well caramelized. Cook for another minute. Remove and place on cutting board to cool. Continue until all pork is cooked.
While cooking pork, heat 4 C water to a rolling boil, then salt well. Add package of soba noodles and cook until finished. Remove from water and place in a glass bowl. Toss with 1/2 T sesame oil.
Once pork is all cooked and has rested for 5-7 minutes, cut into cubes.
Place new pan on the stove top and add sesame and olive oil again. Cook carrots and onions until just beginning to soften. Add cabbage and noodles. Add sauce ingredients to noodles and veggies, and stir until well coated. Turn off the heat and add the pork and green onions. Enjoy!