By Mike Thayer
This is a great tasting, low budget, easy to make oriental inspired dish with a little kick using whatever you might have on hand. Leftover grilled pork chops makes for some GREAT stir fry!
And so you don't have any oriental style noodles you say? No problem, use fettuccine or spaghetti and YES, Ramen noodles will work great! Don't have any beef stock? No problem, use chicken stock instead. Don't have any leftover pork? No problem, use some sliced up chicken or beef. Sure, you can chop up some turkey lunch meat if that's what you have on hand!
- One package Oriental Style Noodles (yes, Ramen noodles will be just fine!)
- 1 teaspoon and a pinch of crushed red pepper/chili flake
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 4 - 6 ounces of sliced, leftover pork
- 1/2 cup celery
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1 teaspoon sweet & sour sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon and a splash of canola oil
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
Cook the noodles per package instructions, set aside. Heat up a wok or similar vessel on medium high heat. When the pan is hot, put in the pepper flake, letting it roast for about 30 seconds before adding the oil. Add onions, celery and carrots, stir. Season with the salt and pepper, stir and let it sizzle for about 2 minutes. While that's cooking, mix together the corn starch, beef stock, a splash of canola oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic powder and a little more red pepper flake in a small bowl, set aside. Add the leftover pork, hot sauce, cilantro and sweet & sour sauce to the veggie mixture, stir, let those flavors marry for about a minute. Add the noodles and corn starch mixture to the veggies, stir to incorporate. Serve this deliciousness immediately!
It doesn't get much cheaper than creating something delicious with leftovers. That's why it's important to have a variety of noodles, rice, veggies and the makings for sauces on hand so you can create something from a previously delicious meal you prepared.