This makes for a quick and easy dinner, using one skillet (or wok), and just involves a bit of chopping. As always, please please, taste your marinade before adding cornstarch. If you don’t smack your lips and say yum yum, try adjusting. Maybe you like it spicier? – add chile flakes. Maybe you like it more tart? – add lime. Any dish that has Thai in the title should be well balanced, with salty, sweet, spicy & sour in perfect harmony. Once you get that perfect balance add the corn starch.
- 1 lb boneless pork loin, cut into strips
- 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 4 tablespoons soya sauce (reduced sodium)
- 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 ounces rice noodles
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided use
- broccoli florets
- carrot, sliced 1/8 inch thick
- 1 sweet red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- bamboo shoots (optional)
- water chestnuts (optional)
Realistically – – – all the vegetables are optional, use whatever you like, just make sure you have a good assortment of color and crunch.
- Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, cornstarch, sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Remove enough just to cover pork and place in bowl.
- Add pork, marinate while preparing pasta and vegetables or up to overnight.
- Cook (or soak) rice noodles according to package directions, drain.
- Heat 1 tsp oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Saute garlic & ginger for 1-2 minutes.
- Add vegetables and saute until crisp-tender (about 5 minutes).
- Remove vegetables from skillet and keep warm.
- Add remaining oil and pork mixture to skillet. Cook until pork is nicely browned.
- Remove pork, keep warm and stir in remaining marinade to skillet. Cook until bubbly so the cornstarch is cooked through and thickens.
- Return pork & vegetables to skillet, add rice noodles, heat through and serve.
Garnishes: sliced green onions, toasted and chopped peanuts and roughly chopped cilantro.
This dish works equally well if you want to make it a vegetarian dish, or decide to change up the protein, try:
- sliced chicken thighs
We like rice noodles, but you could easily use any type of pasta you have on hand like chinese egg noodles or spaghetti noodles.