Monday, August 3, 2009

Sweet Pork Noodle Soup

This is a dish my mother-in-law made for us when she came over for dinner one time. It was so tasty and simple to make that I have replicated this dish many times over. It's especially good to make for large groups of people, but here's the recipe for two. The recipe is something I've sort of made up according to what I think it should taste like.

The pork mince should turn out sweet (mostly from the kecap manis), with a good dose of ginger and garlic.

Ingredients:

1 tbs peanut/vegetable oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tbs diced/grated ginger
400g pork mince
5 tbs kecap manis**
1 tbs oyster sauce
1 tbs shiau xing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
2 tsp brown sugar
1 packet thin egg noodles*
1 cup chicken stock
sesame oil
2 shallots for a garnish
2 tbs light soy sauce



Method:
Pork mince
  1. Put oil, garlic and ginger in a cold frying pan and put on medium heat. Fry garlic and ginger until fragrant, but not browned.
  2. Add the pork mince to the pan and fry mince until cooked through.
  3. Add the shiau xing wine, then the kecap manis, oyster sauce and brown sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste (I like to add quite a bit of white pepper).
Chicken soup
  1. You can make your own chicken broth from scratch, which I like to do but you can just as easily heat up 1 cup of chicken stock and season to taste.
  2. Add a dash of sesame oil for a smoky flavour to the broth.
Assembly:
  1. Cook the noodles* according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Place 1 tbs light soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil in the bottom of each bowl.
  3. Place a portion of noodles in each bowl and mix through.
  4. Place a few tablespoons of the pork mince mixture on top of the noodles. Garnish with some shallots cut on the diagonal.
  5. Pour a bit of chicken broth over the noodle and mince, just to moisten the dish.
    (note: There shouldn't be too much soup in the bowl!). Just enough soup to soak up some of the sauces in the mince and make a tasty soup.
  6. Enjoy!
*Don't worry if you can't make it to the Asian grocery store for egg noodles - you can find some egg noodles or something similar near the fresh pasta in of your local Coles/Woolies.

** Below is my kecap manis of choice. The ABC brand is fine, but if you can find this brand it's worth getting.




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