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Spicy, Porky Noodles!

Mise en place for tasty noodles!

This recipe is both delicious and unusual, can be served hot, cold or warm… and you should make it right now!

Ingredients (for 4 servings)
Pasta
4 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp black vinegar
1 Tbsp chili oil (like Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chili Oil)
1 Tbsp shrimp sauce (like Lee Kum Kee Fine Shrimp Sauce)
2 tsp sugar
12 oz Fettuccine (or whatever pasta you have on hand!)

Pork
1 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil, but any mild oil will work)
12 oz pork, minced
1 tsp salt
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 2-inch piece ginger, grated on microplane
4 green onions, light parts finely chopped, green parts reserved for garnish (see below)

Garnish
1 carrot, brunoised
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup cilantro leaves
¼ c Italian parsley leaves
6 radishes, julienned
Green onion greens left over from the pork preparation, sliced on the diagonal

For Pasta
Make dressing by combining rice vinegar, soy sauce, black vinegar, chili oil, shrimp sauce and sugar in a large bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves and set aside. Fill a dutch oven with water and season heavily so it tastes of the sea. Bring it to a boil and then turn off and cover. When all other components are ready to roll, bring the water back to a boil, add pasta and cook until just al dente.

For Pork
Mince garlic, grate ginger (if you use a microplane for this, there’s no need to even peel it!) and chop the light parts of the green onions and set aside. Mince the pork with a sharp knife (a good trick is to freeze the meat for 15 minutes or so and then mince it because that makes it easier to handle), and keep in mind that slightly non-uniform pieces are a good thing, as they add a nice contrast to the final dish. Heat oil in a larger frying pan over medium heat and add minced pork and salt. Cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until pork is mostly cooked through. Add garlic, ginger and chopped green onions and cook for another 5 minutes or so. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed, then set aside.

For Garnish
To make pickling liquid, stir together vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a small bowl until dissolved. Brunoise carrot, then add to the pickling liquid and let set for 15 minutes (or more!) until ready to serve. Slice green onion greens on the bias, pull cilantro and parsley leaves from stalks and set in two piles on cutting board, then julienne radishes and reserve with the herbs.

To Serve
When the pasta is perfect, pull it out of the boiling water and drop directly into the bowl of dressing (I use tongs for this, as I’ll also use them to plate) and toss together until nicely coated. Use tongs to twirl a nice helping of pasta onto a plate or into a wide, low bowl on one side and add pork to the other side. If there’s more dressing in the bottom of the bowl, drizzle that over the noodles (yum!) then drain pickled carrots and sprinkle over pork. Arrange herbs, radishes and green onions over pork and pasta and serve it up!

All plated and ready for someone (like me!) to dig in.

This dinner started with an idea I saw in the New York Times, and quickly became my own!

4 Comments on "Spicy, Porky Noodles!"

  • Paula says

    I love this sort of dish! I’ll definitely remaking this. Plus I learned a new term: brunoised. Pair with a crips white wine? Cheers, Darlin.

    • Darlin Gray says

      Paula, I think you’ll love it!! And yes to crisp white wine…or bubbles, which go with everything. Of course! Let me know how you like it, will you?

  • Jeffrey Smith says

    As the resident guinea pig, I will say that this was delicious and as I sat watching Darlin cook this, it looked super easy to make.

    • Darlin Gray says

      Thank you for the review, Jeff!

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