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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

Long Life Noodles

Any type of noodle—thin chow mein noodles to broad rice noodles to the thicker Shanghai wheat noodles—is a must at Chinese New Year's. However, long noodles represent a long unbroken life (so cutting them into shorter strands would symbolically shorten your life). Pull out your largest skillet or wok because this Asian recipe creates a full pan.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2009

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Asian-style wheat noodles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 6 ounces boneless pork tenderloin cut into 2 x 1/4–inch julienne strips
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 cups chopped napa (Chinese) cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups (1-inch) slices green onions

Preparation

1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting fat and salt. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Set aside.

2. Combine wine, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pork; stir to coat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.

3. Combine dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; set mixture aside.

4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add cabbage to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Transfer cabbage to a bowl.

5. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add garlic; stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add pork mixture; stir-fry 3 minutes or until done. Add pork mixture to bowl with cabbage.

6. Wipe pan clean with paper towels; return to heat. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add reserved noodles; stir-fry 1 minute. Add onions and soy sauce mixture to pan; stir-fry 1 minute. Add pork mixture; stir to combine. Cook 1 minute or until hot.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 164
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 9.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 19.6g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 14mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 550mg
  • Calcium: 36mg
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