- Kosher salt
- 12 oz. Chinese chow mein noodles or spaghetti (we used whole wheat spaghetti)
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 2 carrots, shredded (about ¾ cup)
- 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (remove seeds for less heat) (we didn’t remove the seeds)
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped (white and green parts separated)
- 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 12 oz. ground pork
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Get a large pot out and fill it up with water, bringing the water to a boil. Salt the water until it tastes like sea water. Put the noodles in the water and cook it based off the directions you find on the box that the noodles came in. Once the noodles are done, take ½ cup of the pasta water out and leave it off to the side while you drain the rest of the water out, leaving the noodles off to the side just for now. Take a large mixing bowl out and add the following ingredients to it, stirring to combine: peanut butter, vinegar, two tablespoons water, two tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the toasted sesame oil, shredded carrots, and half of that finely chopped jalapeño. Now you can add the noodles to the bowl, stirring the noodles around so they get coated in the sauce.
- Take a large skillet out and pour what’s left of the sesame oil into it. Turn the heat up to medium-high and wait for the oil to get hot. Now that the oil’s hot, throw the ginger, garlic, and white sections of the scallions into the skillet, stirring constantly for roughly 2 minutes or until the garlic looks golden. Now place the ground pork in the skillet, breaking it up into bite-size pieces and stir everything around until the meat’s browned and fully cooked, which should take about 5 minutes. At this point, stir what’s left of the soy sauce into the skillet and take it off the heat afterwards.
- Place the skillet mixture in the large mixing bowl with the noodles, throwing half of the scallion greens as well as half of the cilantro into the bowl as well. Toss everything together, adding some of that pasta water in if you think the sauce is too thick for your liking. Split into 4 bowls and if you like, add some additional jalapeño, scallion greens, and cilantro to your own individual bowl.
This is a favorite of ours now. You can taste the ginger, peanut butter, the heat from the jalapeños, and a great freshness from the green onion and cilantro. You also get a nice sized portion which is great since the dish is so tasty !
This recipe came an issue of Food Network Magazine.
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Take care everybody !