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Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

NTM stands for New-to-Me, a regular feature here at Not Exactly Bento. With the start of my bento-making in 2007, I began to try many new foods to expand my palate and my recipe files. New-to-Me has expanded into all sorts of food items that I now try and review. Here is the latest item I’ve tried. For the new-to-me archive, click here.

Pork and Noodles

Flipping through my newly purchased copy of Cooking Light: The Essential Dinner Tonight Cookbook (I finally had to return the borrowed copy to the library), I found a recipe entitled Teriyaki Pork and Vegetables with Noodles. Reading through the recipe, it shot to the top of my “Must Try” list.  This was just the recipe I needed to push myself towards two cooking items on which I’d given up: sesame oil and teriyaki sauce.  I’d given up on sesame oil because I couldn’t get used to its strong flavor.  And I just can’t stand the version of teriyaki sauce by Kikkoman I purchased 8 months ago.  It’s just sitting there…collecting dust.

It was time to try, try again.

Plus, it was a great way to use up that last package of soba noodles in my pantry (yeah!)

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

The next day, I scooted myself off to Baton Rouge in search of items for this dish.  The Farmer’s Market brought the first change: bean sprouts.  Whole Foods provided me with the rest of the needed ingredients to make this work as they are one of the few sources I know in my area for different, never-seen-before-by-me brands.  Changing the sesame oil from dark to light gave me just the taste I needed without being too overwhelming for my palate.  The teriyaki sauce purchased was also a big win.  Not too sweet, not too overly soy-sauce tasting.  Just perfect for my taste buds.  YAY!  I’ve been using both happily ever since.  The added bonus?  This turned out to be a quick, easy dinner to prepare after a long day of work during the week.  Just the sort of recipe I’ve come to expect from these Cooking Light cookbooks without which I can’t live.  Well, that’s a bit dramatic…definitely can’t cook & eat (lately) without them.

To make this super simple recipe, you just need to gather and prepare some ingredients.  Have everything in place and ready to go as you start to cook.  Things go fast!

  • 2 thick, center cut boneless pork chops cut into strips
  • 1-2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • diced green onion
  • diced sweet bell peppers (choose your color)
  • diced/minced garlic (per your preference)
  • bean sprouts, I had a mix of lentil and radish from my local farmer’s market
  • 2-3 tbs teriyaki sauce of your choice (choose something you REALLY like) mixed with 1/4 (plus a wee bit more) tsp chili garlic sauce for the weak of tongue (more for those who like some heat!) [whew, what an ingredient description!]
  • cooked soba noodles

I forewarn you I had a lot of problems photographing through the steam on this recipe.  YIKES!  Sorry for the blurry photos.  I’ll do better next time.  :)

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of light sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once heated, place pork in the pan and allow to cook until all sides have turned white.

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

Next, add green onions, peppers, and garlic to the pan and continue cooking.

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

You’ll cook this until the pork is properly cooked through, and the veggies are at the right crispness level for you. When it seems you are a few minutes away from the finish line, add the teriyaki sauce/chili sauce combo.

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

Add bean sprouts at the very end and cook for no more than 30 seconds.

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

Turn off the heat and add the noodles.  If you need a bit more teriyaki sauce, add a bit now.  I didn’t salt and pepper this dish as I wasn’t sure exactly how salty the teriyaki sauce might be on its own.  In the end, the saltiness level was just right for me.  Adjust to your preferences.

Pork and Noodles

Mix everything together well.  Serve in your favorite bowl and Enjoy!  (And maybe try not to take such a super crooked picture! LOL!)

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

Adapted from Cooking Light: The Essential Dinner Tonight Cookbook, p. 255

Ingredients

  • 2 thick, center cut boneless pork chops cut into strips
  • 1-2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • diced green onion
  • diced sweet bell peppers (choose your color)
  • diced/minced garlic (per your preference)
  • bean sprouts, I had a mix of lentil and radish from my local farmer’s market
  • 1/4 (plus a wee bit more) tsp chili garlic sauce for the weak of tongue (more for those who like some heat!)
  • teriyaki sauce
  • cooked soba noodles

The Process

  • Chop all your vegetables and get everything in place before you start.
  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons of light sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  • Place pork in pan and allow to cook until all sides have turned white.
  • Next, add all veggies (green onions, peppers, garlic) to the pan and continue cooking.
  • Cook until pork is cooked through properly and vegetables are cooked to your preference.  I like mine still a bit crisp.
  • In the last few minutes of the previous step, add the teriyaki sauce.
  • Add bean sprouts at the very end and cook for no more than 30 seconds.
  • Turn off the heat and add the noodles.  If you need a bit more teriyaki sauce, add a bit now.
  • Mix everything together well.
  • Serve in your favorite bowl and Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Dawn S. says:

    Looks yummy!!

  2. First off I love the NTM feature. I often post NTM, but I like that you have it a feature here. I also love the dish you have it in. Good to know about the teriyaki sauce, I usually have to make my own so it won’t too sweet or too much what I don’t want. I love this recipe, it sounds perfect for a quick midweek meal!
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    • Jenn says:

      Thank you Lyndsey for your comments. When I told myself in 2007 that it was time to become self-reliant in the kitchen, I realized how many things I turned my nose up at eating. Convincing myself to try new things and posting about the successes and failures here have been a big part of what has helped me expand.

      And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one specific about her teriyaki sauce. :) Thanks for dropping by.

  3. babykins says:

    Wow gorgeous and yummy! I love fried noodles. I rarely use soba for fried noodles but yours look so good! Thank you for sharing the details. :D

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