Sichuan-Style Noodles

Sichuan-Style Noodles
Staff Writer

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This dish is one of my favorites. An inclusive, simple, all-in-one meal that harbors the taste of this fabulous cuisine. This particular recipe is from my second cookbook, Feasting with the Ancestors (Sutton Publishing, UK).

Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  fresh noodles (Chinese thin noodles are best, otherwise angel hair pasta is a great option)
  • 3  Tablespoons  peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2  Pound  shredded barbecue pork, store-bought or homemade*
  • 1/2  Cup  bok choy, cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2  Cup  broccoli florets
  • 1/2  Cup  snow peas
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • 1  Cup  chicken broth
  • 1  Teaspoon  cornstarch
  • 2  Tablespoons  light soy sauce
  • 2  Tablespoons  hoisin sauce
  • 1  Teaspoon  sesame oil
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  sugar
  • 1  Teaspoon  Chinese chile paste with garlic

Directions

Parboil the noodles in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. To make sure noodles do not stick, loosen up the noodles with chopsticks as they boil.

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the pork, bok choy, carrots, broccoli, snow peas, and onion, and stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables to a platter.

Add the remaining ingredients, stirring until thickened. Add the pork and vegetables and stir well until the mixture comes to a boil. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
42g
60%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
39mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
100g
77%
Protein
26g
57%
Vitamin A, RAE
27µg
4%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
51mg
5%
Choline, total
51mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
138µg
35%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
86mg
27%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
338mg
48%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
69µg
100%
Sodium, Na
2355mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
176g
7%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Noodle Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Noodle Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chile peppers as well as sugar and garlic.