I made this in honour of Chinese New Year. It’s the Pioneer Woman’s Sesame Noodles with a few additions of my own. Of course.
I diced up the holy trinity of carrots, celery and onions to start it all off. I threw the carrots and celery plus half of my green onions (mostly the white portions rather than the green stalks) into a bowl, topped that with Ree’s sesame sauce and a 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water. I let it all rest on the counter so the hot water would thin out the sauce and heat the diced vegetables through. in the meantime, I pan fried some rather thick and juicy pork chops that I seasoned very simply with S&P and olive oil. When they finished cooking and had time to rest covered for 10 minutes, they were sliced up into small chunks and set into the bowl with the sauce and vegetables.
I cooked up a batch of regular spaghetti noodles because they were the longest noodles I had in the house, and because you should only use your longest noodle during the Lunar Festival meals to ensure your chances of great luck in 2012. The difference between regular pasta noodles and Asian noodles can vary wildly to not much at all, depending upon what ingredients went into producing them in the first place. Since this noodle meal calls for a rather chewy noodle to start with, I agree with Ree that spaghetti is a fine sub out in a pinch over something more traditional like the udon noodle.
The steaming hot noodles were then added to the bowl and tossed well so everything was coated by the sauce and piping hot. I plated generous heaps of the noodle mixture into bowls and topped each one with the remaining green onions before serving with chopsticks, forks and a spoon (for me who still struggles with a painful hand issue).
This noodle dish got the highest praises from my husband – which is unpublishable (sorry), but rest assured, he seriously loved the tastes and textures. I made a lot so that meant leftovers for me at work today. (Squee!) I scarfed it. I’m not even going to try lying to you about this. I try not to scarf food, but I couldn’t – and wouldn’t – help myself. It was *that* amazing.
Give it a go!