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Pork Chow Mein
When I’m making dinner I want something that is easy but realllly delicious. This Pork Chow Mein has so much flavor. It’s similar to my Asian Noodle Bowl but it doesn’t have any spiciness, so it’s great for kids. It’s salty and sweet and really slurp-worthy.
The only ingredients you may not have used before for this are oyster sauce and chow mein noodles. The chow mein noodles are soooo chewy and stretchy. They give the meal that signature take out feel. The oyster sauce adds a deep saltiness to the soy sauce and ginger flavors. Both of these items are available at most grocery stores in the Asian foods section.
However, if you can’t find chow mein noodles, you can always use spaghetti or linguine. The main point is – browned and seasoned meat and veggies, soft pasta, and a sweet and salty sauce.
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Pork Chow Mein
- 1 lb. ground pork (can use any ground meat – ground beef, turkey, or chicken)
- ½ onion (white or yellow), diced
- 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. Chinese five spice
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- oil for cooking
- ½ head green cabbage, chopped in thin strips
- 3 green onions, diced
- can add any other veggies you'd like, like carrots or broccoli
- ½ c. soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp. white sugar
- 1 16 oz. package of chow mein noodles
- oil to toss noodles in
- sesame seeds
- green onions, diced
Start by chopping all your veggies and setting aside. Then heat a large pot full of slightly salted water to cook the pasta.
While the pasta water is heating up, bring 2 tbsp. of oil to a medium heat in a large non-stick skillet pan.
Add diced onions to pan and heat until translucent.
Then add fresh ginger and garlic, and simmer in pan for 1 minute until fragrant.
Add meat and cook until browned, breaking up chunks with a large spatula. Then add Chinese Five Spice and soy sauce and toss to coat browned meat.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water when boiling. Chow mein only needs 4-5 minutes to cook so watch it closely and stir well so it doesn't stick.
Strain noodles once cooked and lightly toss with 1-2 tbsp. of oil so the noodles don't stick.
Once meat is browned, add cabbage and green onions (and any other veggies) to pan and cook down until cabbage is soft and tender.
Add sauce to veggies and meat and stir to cook until slightly bubbling.
Once sauce is bubbling turn heat down to low and add chow mein noodles. Using tongs, toss to mix noodles with meat and veggies.
Once mixed well serve and enjoy! Top with sesame seeds and/or fresh diced green onions.