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This is our take on a classic Pork Noodle Stir Fry using simple ingredients, cooked well. This recipe can be made in only 20 minutes, and you’ll be rewarded with a tasty, hearty meal for the whole family. It will require a little bit of multitasking, with the amazing Sauce needing to be cooked while you’re preparing the stir fry ingredients. What you’ll be rewarded with is a classic Asian Stir Fry that is simply bursting with flavor

The secret to making this delicious Pork Noodle Stir Fry is all in the special sauce!

This sauce packs such an unbelievable amount of flavor in it, and it is so easy to make. Just combine all the ingredients into a saucepan, bring to a simmer, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes. This process of letting the sauce sit without heat is called ‘steeping’ and allows the sauce to absorb all the flavors and aromatics that are included in the dish. After 15 minutes strain all the aromatics from the pan and you are left with a beautiful, concentrated flavor

Like a lot of Asian sauces there are quite a few ingredients that go into the sauce. Don’t let some of the less common ingredients in the recipe intimidate you, however. They are all very accessible ingredients that you can buy at most supermarkets, and definitely at any specialty Asian Grocery Store

Ingredients such as Mirin, Chinese Black Vinegar, and Szechuan Peppercorns are a little less common in home cooking however they are vital for this dish. Just pick up a bottle and store it in your pantry. Once you try this dish you’ll realize how easy these sauces are to make and you’ll find your using these ingredients more and more!

Pork Noodle Stir Fry top view
The special sauce is what makes this Pork Noodle Stir Fry dish truly amazing

Garlic and Ginger add amazing aromas to the Sauce

Fresh Garlic and Ginger give the sauce a beautiful fragrance and flavor. Preparing the Garlic and Ginger is really easy too. Simply slice the Ginger and peel the Garlic and throw it into the sauce

 The steeping process will see these beautiful flavors and aromas infuse into the sauce. Once you strain the sauce the Ginger and Garlic are discarded, however their flavor and aromas remain in the beautiful sauce

Prepare the Noodles beforehand so they are ready to go as you’re making the stir fry

You can make this stir fry with Noodles or Rice, totally up to you and your preferences. For both, it is recommended to prepare them in advance of starting to cook the stir fry. Stir Fries are a high heat / quick cook dish. So, you want to ensure that any Noodles that require pre-cooking are done so in advance

For this recipe we used Singapore Noodles which are already cooked, however require a couple of minutes in boiling water to help re-hydrate them and bring back their optimal texture. To save on stovetop space we recommend making the Noodles in advance and setting them aside, as you’ll need two pots on the stovetop to make the dish. One for the Stir Fry, the other for the sauce

Try our caramelization trick for the Ground Pork for great flavor and texture

Ground meat can sometimes be a little dull can’t it? We’ve developed a little trick to make your Ground Pork Noodle Stir Fry develop some unbelievable texture and flavor while cooking. The key is to let the Ground Pork caramelize, almost burn, on the hot pan before stirring it

It’s a trick that the Spanish folk do when preparing Paella. By placing the Ground Pork directly exposed to the Pan will immediately start to cook that exposed section quicker. Leaving it for about 5 minutes will turn it a beautiful golden-brown color. The remainder of the pork not directly exposed will need to be stirred through to cook. However, that exposed section will be done

By using this technique, you are left with a richer flavored Pork as it has caramelized in the pan. Some bits will be almost crunchy in texture too, which adds a great variety of texture to the dish. We recommend giving it a go and trying it out for yourselves

Pork Noodle Stir Fry side view
Try pan frying the Ground Pork without stirring it for 5 minutes to get a lovely char and caramelization to it

Cabbage is an optional addition to create a more Traditional Pork Noodle Stir Fry Dish

Another classic ingredient in a Pork Noodle Stir Fry is freshly sliced Cabbage. It adds a lovely texture to the dish as well as a slightly bitter flavor. We haven’t included Cabbage in the below recipe, however if you want to add it by all means do so!

If you are using Cabbage in the stir fry, we recommend slicing it into thin strips and adding it the same time as the Celery. The trick with Cabbage is to not overcook it because overcooked Cabbage becomes overwhelmingly bitter. It can really overpower the entire dish. Cook it for a few minutes at most on a high temperature to get the best flavor. The Cabbage will remain crunchy as it is only just barely cooked. This will retain the lovely texture that you want in the dish

Recipe Details

Servings

3 – 4 people

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes

Total time

30 minutes

Pork Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Ground Pork
  • 200g / 7 oz. Freshly cooked Noodles (eg: Singapore Noodles / Udon Noodles)
  • 3 ½ tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Chinese Black Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Mirin
  • 1 tsp. Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Water
  • ½ tsp. Szechuan Peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. White Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Fennel Seeds
  • 2 slices of fresh Ginger
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed
  • ½ Red Onion, finely diced
  • 2 Celery Storks, finely diced
  • 1 cup White Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup Scallions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Peanuts, chopped
  • ½ cup Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. neutral frying Oil
  • 1 tsp. Chili Crisp in Oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the Soy Sauce, Chinese Black Vinegar, Mirin, Oyster Sauce, Szechuan Peppercorns, Water, White Sugar, Fennel Seeds, Garlic, and Ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover and turn off the heat. Let steep for 15 minutes
  2. After 15 minutes, strain the liquid to remove the aromatics and retain only the liquid
  3. While the sauce is steeping, heat a large frying pan or wok over medium high heat. Add the Neutral Frying Oil then once hot, add Onions and Mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes until tender and the Mushroom liquid has evaporated
  4. Push the vegetables to the side of the frying pan and place the Ground Pork in the middle. Leave it exposed to the frying pan for 5 minutes without stirring or breaking the pork apart to caramelize and form a crust
  5. After 5 minutes add Celery then mix everything together. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the Pork is fully cooked through and no longer pink
  6. Add about ½ the Sauce to the pan and stir well to incorporate. Check for taste and if desired, add more sauce. The sauce is strong, so we recommend adding little by little until you’re happy with the flavor
  7. Add the Cooked Noodles and Scallions. Mix through to incorporate evenly into the stir fry then remove from heat. Serve stir fry in individual bowls and top with Chopped Peanuts, Cilantro, and Chili Crisps

More beautiful Asian Inspired Recipes

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Ground Pork Noodle Stir Fry recipe. It’s a hearty, healthy, and super flavorful dinner. Perfect for a weeknight cook up as it only takes 20 minutes to make. Here are a few of our other favorite Asian inspired dinner recipes we encourage you to check out:

Happy Cooking!

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