Using your noodle(s)

We eat a lot of noodles in this house – supermodel soba (they’re skinny and brown), elegantly packaged dried udon and fresh Shanghai noodles made a few suburbs away. I love their slippery mouthfeel, the BW loves their spongy texture and the Small Girl loves flinging them around the kitchen as she eats. I don’t love picking them off the floor after dinner, but that’s another story.

Spicy Pork Noodles
We eat this particular noodle dish a lot – it’s great for busy work nights because you can make it in a flash and as long as you have mince, noodles and chillies, the rest of the ingredients are optional-ish.
We eat a less spicy version than we used to in deference to the Small Girl, but make a little bowlful of fish sauce and chopped red chilli to drizzle over ours. Quantities are approximate so don’t worry about weighing everything to the last gram.

For two (and a half):
300g pork mince (use more if you are particularly carnivorous)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
bunch of spring onions, finely chopped

handfuls of spinach or other stir-fryable greens, such as bok choy or beans
3Tbsp soy sauce – or to taste
2Tbsp fish sauce – or to taste
2 red chillies, finely chopped (take out the seeds if you’re a wimp)
about 200g noodles of your choice – those vacuum-packed ones are convenient but they also taste a bit glue-y. Fresh ones are best for speed and carbon footprint reasons.

Heat a heavy pan or wok and stir-fry the mince until really brown and crispy. Add the garlic, spring onions and chillies and cook for a few minutes. Cook the noodles according to the packet directions, then toss them and the greens into the pan. Slosh over the soy and fish sauces and toss everything together. Fling into bowls and eat with chopsticks (they make you eat more slowly, which is quite calming if you’re in a rush).



  1. April 11, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    This sounds lovely. I don't use pork mince very often but this would definitely make a quick and easy weeknight meal.

  2. April 11, 2011 / 10:33 pm

    I eat a lot of noodles too, mostly pasta, but I adore soba too. I am a wimp, so I will have to leave the seeds out when making this… 🙁

  3. April 11, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    mmm, yum, love the idea of little bowls of chilli and fish sauce for the adults, will definitely be giving that a go

  4. April 12, 2011 / 7:12 am

    i love noodles!! i'm going to cook with your recipe;)

  5. April 12, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Sounds wonderful … and I just happen to have the ingredients … albeit the mince of a beef/pork mix (originallt meant for meatloaf). Your Asian noodles sound much better! Haha! Loving the Muppets, by the by!

  6. April 12, 2011 / 2:22 pm

    Hi Lucy-It's been a while since we visited each others' blog, and I realize what I almost missed is your yummy recipe for this creative noodle dish that I would use udon noodles for this. Yumm!

    I was browsing through your previous posts, and enjoyed each and every one of them. So creative, and entertaining:DDD

  7. April 12, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    Will be adding this to the list – but Im one of those wimps… I'll be cutting out those seeds!

  8. April 26, 2011 / 12:09 am

    This was super tasty. I had an iceberg lettuce in the fridge so used big leaves of that as plates and turned it into sang choi bow. wonderful!

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