Simple 30 minute suppers: Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles

Dried noodles are a lifesaver when you're short on time!

Another instant noodle dish, this time it’s home-made

I am FINALLY starting to get over this nasty cold, hooray! Not quite 100% yet so I haven’t actually cooked much this week – good thing then that I made these noodles last week and had the sense to type this up before I got sick.

It’s been a while since I posted a quick and easy 30 minute supper. In fact, if you work fast, this will only take about 20 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for supper during the working week, at least for me, especially as I have a lot of catch-up blog visiting to do!

My husband really loved these noodles, and because these egg noodles look very similar to fettuccini, he decided to call them Chinese fettuccini.

Even the sauce looks a bit like a Bolognese but without tomatoes and in totally Chinese flavours. The gentle kick of heat from the chillies is just the kind of warmth we love at this time of the year, so I hope you will too.

Lots of love


Looks like a lot of chopping but it doesn't take long to whizz through this lot

Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles (serves 2-3)

Egg noodles

150 grams lean minced pork

1 large carrot, finely sliced and then quartered

1 small red onion, chopped

1 tablespoon grated or minced fresh ginger

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 deseeded chilli, finely chopped

½ pepper (colour of your choice), chopped

1½ cups of chinese white cabbage, finely chopped

Pork, carrots and onions are a winning combination

1 spring onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of shaoxing rice wine

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 teaspoon cornflour

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce (the one I have is pretty spicy)

salt and ground white pepper

Coriander to garnish

Sweet and spicy pork noodles

First things first, marinate your pork by adding the soy, rice wine and cornflour and mix well. Set this aside while you prepare all the rest of the vegetables.

Cook your noodles according to the packet’s instructions (if you’re using dried egg noodles, they normally don’t need more than 3-4 minutes to cook). When cooked, drain the noodles and set them aside.

In a saucepan, heat the veg and sesame oil together before adding the onions and sautéing them for 2-3 minutes, until they’re just starting to turn brown.

Add your carrots, minced garlic and ginger, stir well and then add you all the rest of your vegetables and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Pour the veg into a dish and set the same saucepan back on the hob. Add your minced pork and fry until brown – you shouldn’t need to add any more oil as the pork should release enough. When browned, add your vegetables back into the pot, mix well and add your fish sauce and sweet chilli sauce. The cabbage should start releasing its liquid but if you find it very dry, add 2-3 tablespoons of water if necessary.

Season with salt and white pepper.

You can either pour the sauce on top of your noodles or add your noodles to the pan to mix through thoroughly. Garnish with the finely chopped spring onions or coriander.

This was gently warming so perfect for winter.

9 Responses to “Simple 30 minute suppers: Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles”
  1. spicegirlfla says:

    Fabulous!! Glad you are feeling better and so glad you posted this easy recipe!! I’m always looking for ideas for my son – he’s not picky but he has a certain “style” about what he likes to eat and I know he will love this!!!

  2. Love the colorful palette of chopped veggies!

  3. Sounds like a classic second helping delish dinner to me.

  4. Thanks for sharing! Have an Awesome Weekend:)

  5. Michelle says:

    “Pork, carrots and onions are a winning combination.” Truer words have never been said. Looks wonderful!

  6. Glad you’re starting to feel better! Is this dish similar to something called “ants crawling up a tree”? May have got the name totally wrong but something like that sticks in my mind!!

    • Hahaha, doesn’t that name sound awful? Ants crawling up a tree is a little similar but it’s normally made with glass / vermicelli noodles. There’s loads of different ways to make it but it largely uses minced pork and when the pork is fried, it sticks to the noodles, hence why they named it ‘ants’ up a tree. 🙂

  7. TasteFood says:

    This looks like a perfect weeknight dinner. Yum.

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