We never really need an excuse to eat noodles, because, well, they’re just delicious. But did you know that during the Chinese New Year they’re particularly lucky as well? Long noodles represent a long life, so do yourself a favor and make a batch of our delicious Pasta Stir-Fry this holiday, flavored with Rice Wine and Hoisin, studded with tender Pork, and finished with leafy greens like Chinese Broccoli or Bok Choy (which also portend a long life for parents, and symbolize health and wealth!)
Lunar New Year Long Life Noodles
1 pound of Asian-style wheat noodles
1 1/2 tablespoons of Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
1 1/2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch
6 ounces of boneless pork tenderloin cut into 2 x 1/4–inch julienne strips
4 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of canola oil, divided
1 bunch of Chinese broccoli or 6 heads of baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise into bite sized pieces
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 1/4 cups of green onions, cut into 1-inch slices
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.
Combine wine, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pork and stir to coat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.
Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk, and set aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add Chinese broccoli or bok choy to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan. Add garlic and stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add pork mixture and stir-fry 3 minutes or until done. Add pork mixture to bowl with the greens.
Wipe pan clean with paper towels and return to heat. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add reserved noodles and stir-fry 1 minute. Add onions and soy sauce mixture to pan, and stir-fry 1 minute. Add pork mixture and stir to combine. Cook 1 minute or until hot. Serve.