Paula made dinner for me tonight. I spent the day volunteering at school. I had chosen the recipe, Spicy Pork Noodle Bowl, earlier in the week. It was a simple recipe and quite tasty. If you want to  try it, here is what you will need:


  • 1/2 package of thin Chinese rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 6-8 ounces of ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of chopped bread and butter pickles
  • 2 tablespoons of pickle brine
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of chili-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles as the label directs. Drain and toss with a little bit of vegetable oil.

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and the ginger. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth, pickles and 2 tablespoons of each pickle brine and soy sauce and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid evaporates, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, puree 3 the sesame seeds in a blender until finely ground, about 15 seconds. Add another the remaining of vegetable oil and puree until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of water, the chili-garlic sauce, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of pickle brine and 1 teaspoon of ginger. Puree until combined.

Top each serving of noodles with the sesame dressing, pork, cucumbers and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Enjoy!