Today was in the 90’s and tonight is a gorgeous warm night. Truly like summer. Gotta love it. Unless you live veryyyy close to your neighbors. Then, you may not like the heat so much. I want to say, as much as I love the warm months, I also sort of dread them. You see, I live next to 2 different neighbors, who truly drive me insane. Both sets are so loud and rude, so when it’s hot out, windows open up and we can hear everything from spousal fights to kids singing to parties into the early hours on work nights. Unfortunately, tonight sounds like one of those parties into the early hour nights…
Anyway, how about onto something a little more uplifting. Like, this delicious dinner we had tonight. Since it was so hot out, we decided to delay our usual 3 mile Thursday walk with Ryder, and eat dinner first, then walk once it cooled down. So, I was able to have a little more sunlight for the photos. Yay!
This meal came together very quickly, since I did some of the prep work the night before. Marinating the pork totally helped keep the pork tender and infused a ton of flavor into it. Although it calls for pork, I really think chicken would also be delicious in this meal. You can top it with whatever you have on hand. I really wanted to put green onions on it, but I ran out earlier in the week. Mine was topped with shredded carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and chopped peanuts, which was seriously delish!
Hoisin Pork over Rice Noodles
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum
For the Marinade:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar or honey
1 teaspoon fish sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 lime, zested & juiced
5 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled & grated
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1.5 pounds pork, cut into thin strips
8 oz rice noodles, cooked according to package
Toppings: 1 shredded carrot, 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and sliced, cilantro, green onions, etc.
1. In a large bowl; combine all of the marinade ingredients. Place marinade and sliced pork into a large plastic bag and marinate over night.
2. In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and add pork (removed from marinade, but keep remaining marinade). Cook pork until no longer pink. Add your marinade and cook for about 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken. Pour sauce and pork over cooked noodles.
3. Assemble by placing pork noodles in a bowl and top with suggested toppings.