Simple 30 minute suppers: Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles
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
Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles (serves 2-3)
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
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
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.