Szechuan Spicy Noodles with Carrot-Cucumber Relish

This Chinese-style pork ragout is tossed with noodles and topped with a sweet-sour relish that balances the heat.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup noodle mixture and 6 tablespoons relish)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 246
  • Calories from fat: 37%
  • Fat: 10.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Protein: 16.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 23.2g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 624mg
  • Calcium: 38mg

Ingredients

  • Relish:
  • 1 cup shredded seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Noodles:
  • 8 ounces udon noodles (thick, round fresh Japanese wheat noodles)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup natural-style peanut butter (such as Smucker's)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Preparation

  1. To prepare relish, place cucumber in a colander; sprinkle with salt. Toss well. Drain 1 hour. Place cucumber on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Combine cucumber, carrot, vinegar, sugar, and oil in a medium bowl; stir until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  2. To prepare noodles, cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.
  3. Combine broth, peanut butter, soy sauce, and chile paste in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add onions, ginger, and pork to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pork loses its pink color. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Pour broth mixture into pan; bring to a simmer, and cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Pour pork mixture over noodles; toss well. Serve with relish.
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