I may or may not have a current obsession with Asian-inspired dishes. I blame Trader Joe's Chicken Chow Mein. It's a super quick and tasty dish that I've been making and taking to work for lunches. I add my own spices because I can't leave a packaged and preserved dish alone. FYI - you should most definitely amp up your packaged dishes with additional spices. No regrets.
At any rate, I've been trying to beef up my workout game over the past few weeks and so the timing of this new carb-loving phase in life is quite appreciated. My favorite noodles are vermicelli, but I also really love ramen noodles. I've definitely indulged in a few (aka several) bowls of ramen noodles over the course of high school, college, graduate school, and at various other points in my life. I always have a stash of Cup o' Noodles with me, or some other similar version of the same thing. I mean, if you haven't tried Cup o' Noodles yet, how are you even getting through life right now?
Here, we're elevating our packaged ramen noodles. We're discarding the fake seasonings and tossing in our own, along with a protein to help create a balanced meal. This dish is nothing short of amazing. The only issue I had was that I felt it only made 2 servings. This might be a personal gluttonous issues though....Ever since making this, I'm now obsessed with eating all the noodles in sight!
Pork Dragon Noodles
makes 2 generous servings or 4 smaller servings
Dragon Sauce -
- 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
Pork and Noodles -
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 6 oz ramen noodles
- 3 green onions
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, crumbled
- olive oil, optional (see note in instructions)
1) In a bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic. Set aside.
2) Add the ground pork to a large sauce pan and saute over medium heat until fully browned. (Note - I didn't need to add any olive oil to the pan to saute the pork, but if your pork is lean, then you may need a drizzle to keep it from sticking to the pan. If you have quite a bit of oil after browning the meat, drain the excess oil and )
3) Once the meat is browned, pour the sauce into the pan. Add in the crumbled almonds. Allow the pork and nuts to simmer together for ~5 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced by half.
4) Meanwhile, boil a pot of water for the ramen noodles. Once the water is boiling, add in the noodles and cook according to the package directions. Once done, drain the noodles.
5) Add the noodles to the saucepan and toss everything until combined. Sprinkle the sliced green onions on top and serve right away.
--recipe from Budget Bytes