With the rise in the number of people that are sick or getting sick, my family and I have already started looking forward to spending the New Year at home. I didn’t want to be scrambling all over the place by being in busy stores or coming up with a menu that would have me in the kitchen all day. I just really wanted to spend the time reflecting on the highs and lows of 2021 and creating more family memories and traditions over some yummy food. Which is why I decided to make a recipe that we had recently tried from Hello Fresh called Szechuan Pork Ramen Stir-Fry.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is quick to make. It takes literally 10 minutes to prep all of the ingredients only takes 30 minutes to cook. The meal can also be customizable by choosing other protein such as shrimp, chicken or beef, or leaving the protein in the form of meat out altogether. Lastly, with it just being my daughters and I, it is different than the southern traditional New Year meal of black eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread. Do not get me wrong, I love them, but it would just be for me to eat because that meal is not something my girls enjoy.
To make this Ramen Recipe, you are going to need to have the following to start:
- Small Bowl
- Large Pan
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Sugar (3 tsp)
- Cooking oil (1 tsp )
- Butter (1 TBSPN)
- 2 Cloves of Garlic,
- 4 Scallions
- Stock Concentrate
- 8 Tablespoon of Sweet Soy Glaze
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Szechuan Paste
- 1.15 oz Peanut Butter
- 1tsp of Chili Flakes ( the recipe does have a kick to it)
- I used 20 oz of ground pork
- 12 oz of Ramen Noodles
- Other vegetables can be option such as carrots, snap peas can be added*
- Prep- Wash and Cut vegetables. Mince Garlic and trim the scallions. Try to keep the white part of the scallions separate from the green. Roughly chop peanuts. You will use them at different stages of the recipe.
- Make your sauce. Combine the sweet soy glaze, stop concentrate, half of the Szechuan paste, had the vinegar, half the peanut butter the sugar, the 1/4 cup of water and the chili flakes, and whisk!
- Cook pork. Turn your burner on to medium high and drizzle oil in the pan. With a spatula, break apart your meat. Continue to do this process until the meat is browned.
- Once the meat is cooked, add in your garlic and the white part of the scallion that you cut earlier. It should take no time for the scallions and garlic to become fragrant. At that time, add in the sauce you made, and cook it until it reduces and thickens some.
- Noodles. The Rice noodles cook in 1-2 minutes. So to time when to add them to the boiling water, I would make this the last step. Once the noodles are added to the water continue to stir them around until they are tender. Check them 1-2 minutes after added them to the water. Once they are tender, use the strainer to drain them under cool water.
- Add your butter to the noodles and toss them around in the sauce, and believe it or not, you are DONE.
- Garnish. By added the green part of the scallion to the top of meal and enjoy.
- Bring your medium pot of salt Water to a boil
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