Ellen Britt - A Teenage Foodie who Explores Dinner, Dessert and Salad Ideas
Total Time: 1 hour
Stir Fry Recipe
1.5 pounds lean ground pork
4 tbsp of sesame oil
2 cups chopped onions (approximately 1/2 large onion)
1 cup oyster mushrooms chopped
1 cup white mushrooms chopped
3 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 cup fresh water chestnuts (approximate 8 water water chestnuts)
2 cups (approximately) of cooked fresh green beans cut in half. I cook them in advance before adding to the pork mixture.
2 bunches of fresh chopped spinach or 1 pkg of frozen chopped spinach – spinach should also be fully cooked when added to the pork mixture.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
2 tbsp honey
Chopped red bell pepper for colour
Chopped fresh green onion for colour
Prepare Ground Pork
Put 2 tbsp of sesame oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the mushrooms. Cook until starting to become tender, then add the onions and garlic. Onions should shimmering when cooked. Once cooked remove from stove and set aside in a bowl.
Using the same pan as used for the onions and mushrooms, add 2 more tbsps of sesame oil followed by the ground pork and fresh ginger and cook thoroughly. Then add the cooked spinach, onions and mushrooms and mix into the pork. The cooked beans and water chestnuts are to follow. I like to cook the beans separately so as to ensure they are not over cooked in the pork mixture. When cooked to my satisfaction I drink the water and set them aside until ready to add to the pork. The water chestnuts do not need to be cooked. I just like to have them warmed so they keep their crunch.
At the end I combine the ingredients for the sauce and add it to the pork medely and thouroughly mix.
Prepare Udon Noodles
2 pkgs of udon noodles. They can be frozen of refrigerated. Soak in warm or hot water to separate the noodles before using. I recommend separating the noodles with your fingers. If the noodles are frozen they should be ready to use in approximately 5 minutes. Drain the water when separated.
I have 2 options for this wonderful meal:
1) Combine the udon noodles with the meat mixture and serve in a bowl or on a plate
2) Put a nest of udon noodles into a bowl and then add the wonderful pork and water chestnut combination.
Sprinkle cut green onions and or chopped red bell pepper for taste and appearance.
This is an amazing dinner and is one of our family favorites!!
2000 calories a day is the recommended for general nutrition.
Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist and the numbers provided on the nutrition facts sheet are estimates. Even within natural produce there will be some expected variance depending on ripeness and size. Processed ingredients will also vary depending on manufacture. These numbers will however give some guidance when making healthy food choices. They will also help to determine if salt should be reduced based on your personal dietary needs.
I used oyster and white mushrooms for this recipe.
This was 1/2 a white onion. It came to 2 cups.
I used about 8 water chestnuts in this recipe but feel free to add more. They are one of my favorite ingredients when cooking.
Soak in warm or hot water to separate the noodles before using.
This was one bunch of fresh spinach. In the future I would use 2 bunches.
As the beans are cooked they only need to be warmed. The water chestnuts can go in raw so as to keep their crunch!
Don't forget to add the sauce.
You can add the noodles to your stir fry or serve them separately on the bottom of your bowl or plate. For this meal I added them to the stir fry.
I loved the noddles mixed with the pork and water chestnuts. This is my preference for serving this meal.
For this meal I served the noodles the bottom of the bowl and topped them with the pork and water chestnuts as well as some red bell peppers for added color and taste. Totally yummy but I did end up mixing them altogether. Same recipe but a totally different look!!
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By Ellen Britt