Chinese Spicy Noodles…and Eggplants!

Happy Friday!! It’s the end of the week again, and the last day of work for me :)! I will be moving permanently to Toronto, and starting school at University of Toronto. Today, I will be sharing a recipe that is very close to home, the Chinese spicy noodles! Be warned, this is a very spicy and savoury dish. I believe it’s origins are from Hubei/Hunan China, but after moving to Canada, I’m sure it’s become more Canadian.

It’s super simple to make, looks impressive and most importantly very delicious :3!

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Every since I posted this picture on Instagram, I’ve received a lot of requests for the recipe, so here it is. Ingredients serves 4 portions. You will need the following items:

  • 0.5kg of lean ground pork
  • 2 long green peppers (visual)
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 3 browned mushrooms/ 2 portebello mushrooms
  • 1 standard onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Club House Roast Garlic & Peppers Spice
  • Chinese Light soy sauce
  • Chinese Vinegar
  • Chinese spicy sauce (Lao gan ma)
  • Cooking oil
  • Cooking wine

First, start seasoning the ground pork. I like add:

  • 2 table spoons of cooking wine
  • 4 table spoons of light soy sauce
  • 1 table spoon of vinegar
  • 2 table spoons of oil
  • Sprinkle salt and Club House Spice

I recommend that the meat is seasoned for at least a couple of hours, or overnight (if possible). This will allow the flavour to be soaked into the pork.

When the pork is ready, chop and slice all the ingredients. To cook:Cooked meat

  1. Place a wok on high fire with cooking oil, add finely minced garlic and jalapeño peppers.
  2. When sizzling, add in the ground pork. Use a spatula to separate the the meat into small pieces.
  3. When meat is almost cooked, add in finely chopped onions, mushrooms and long green peppers. Add two table spoons of soy sauce directly over the onion and mushrooms. Mix until the vegetables and meat is evenly distributed.
  4. When the meat is cooked, add in the chopped large red pepper. Turn the fire on medium heat, and place the lid on to the wok and allow to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Add in Lao gan ma spicy sauce, sprinkle salt, and mix evenly. And you are done cooking the meat!!

I will be sharing two methods of using the cooked ground pork, the first will be the much requested noodle dish!

To prepare the soup of the noodle dish place all of the following ingredients into a large bowl:

  • 1/2 a cup of chicken broth
  • 2 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 1 table spoon of vinegar (skip if you don’t like sour things)
  • 1 tea spoon of sesame oil
  • 3 cups of boiling water

You can choose any kind of noodle you like. Personally I prefer the thin asian noodles (in the first picture), but I used udon in the second picture (below). After the noodles are done cooking, drain them and add it into the soup. Then, place your meat garnish on top of the noodles and your noodle dish is complete!

Cooked Noodles2

Eggplant Dish Variation:

This meat garnish is not only supper yummy on top of noodles, but it is also delicious with eggplants! Once you have the meat garnish prepared, or have left overs from your noodles, it is very easy to create the eggplant dish. Cooked EggplantsYou simply need to:

  1. On high heat, add minced garlic (yes I love garlic) and 4 table spoons of cooking oil (sounds ridiculous but eggplants are amazing when oily).
  2. Add in thinly sliced egg plants. Flip both sides of the eggplants until they brown.
  3. Turn the heat to medium, add in your meat garnish and mix everything is evenly spread out.
  4. Place the lid on top of the wok, and wait for 15 minutes. Wait longer if you prefer very mushy eggplants (yumm..)!
  5. Add in seasoning. I like to add 2-3 tablespoons of oyster sauce.

I hope you enjoyed the recipes! I frequently cook this when I miss home, or when I want a change from my regular meals. It’s a good idea to cook a lot of the meat garnish at once and eat a small portion at a time with noodles, eggplants, or even plain udon noodles!

Let me know if you try the recipe and how you like it in the comments! Feel free to change the ingredients and seasoning to your preferences :). I wish everyone a wonderful weekend, and an amazing year for those continuing school!

P.S. I haven’t forgotten about the cleansers, but my skincare kit is currently separated so I am unable to take pictures. Everything should be reunited soon after I get settled in!

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