Asian food is very popular in our house and our number one go to dinner for whenever we get take out. When I saw this recipe in the Real Simple Magazine last month I immediately tore it out. This meal comes together in no time at all because most of the cooking is done in the crock pot. The addition of the broccoli rounds out this dish, providing a delicious and nutritious meal.
I made some changes to the original recipe by eliminating some things and adding a few ingredients of my own. I chose to use pork tenderloin because it isn’t as fatty as the pork shoulder or butt and since it slowly cooks in the slow cooker with lots of liquid, it still tasted great and wasn’t dry at all. For all you spice lovers out there I recommend sprinkling on some red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick.
This noodle bowl offers everything you need. It’s quick, easy, flavorful, and healthy. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
Asian Pork Noodle Bowl
(Recipe Adapted from Real Simple February 2013)
– 2 pounds pork tenderloin
– 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
– 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
– 2 tablespoons cornstarch
– 1 tablespoon ground fresh ginger
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
– 1 tablespoon sweet Asian chili sauce
– 1 (9.5 oz. package soba noodles
– 4 cups broccoli florets
– red pepper flakes (optional)
– In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the hoisin, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, cloves, chili sauce and ¾ cup water. Mix together in the bottom of the cooker then add the pork, turning to coat. Cover and cook until the pork is very tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours
– Before serving, cook the noodles according to the package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
– Using 2 forks, shred the meat. Serve the pork over the noodles with the broccoli. If you choose, sprinkle on some red pepper flakes for a little heat.