Fast, easy and full of flavor, this Spicy Pork Noodle Bowl recipe is delicious and addictive. Who needs the local noodle place when you can make these at home?
- 8 oz thin Chinese noodles*
- 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 12 oz Country Pork Sausage**
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup bread and butter pickles, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons brine from the jar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds, plus more for serving
- 1 tablespoon Asian chili-garlic sauce, plus more for serving
- 2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
- 2 Persian cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
Cook the noodles according to package directions. Toss with 2 teaspoons of the vegetable oil after they are cooked and drained. Set aside.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add the sausage and 2 teaspoons of the ginger. Brown over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until cooked through, 3-5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, pickles, pickle brine, and 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce. Cook, scraping up any browned pieces from the bottom of the pan, until the liquid evaporates, about 4-5 minutes.
While the pork cooks, place the sesame seeds in a blender and pulse until they are finely ground, about 15 seconds. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 1/4 cup water; puree until smooth. Add the chili-garlic sauce, the brown sugar, the remaining 1/4 cup soy sauce and remaining 1 teaspoon of ginger. Puree until combined and smooth.
To serve, place 1/4 of the noodles in a bowl, then add some of the dressing. Top with some of the pork, cucumbers and tomatoes. If desired, sprinkle with extra sesame seeds and serve with more of the chili-garlic sauce.
slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine April 2017
*I just used some noodles that I found at my local grocery store. They were labeled as Somyun, Soft & Thin Wheat Noodles.
**the original recipe calls for regular ground pork, but for some reason, my grocery store doesn’t normally carry ground pork. I have tried both ground pork and Country Sausage and prefer the extra flavor that the Country Sausage brings. But both will work. Feel free to use whichever you can find or prefer.
Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts.
- Calories: 1130
- Sugar: 20 g
- Sodium: 1730 mg
- Fat: 81 g
- Saturated Fat: 16 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 45 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 79 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 28 g
- Cholesterol: 91 mg