Lo Mein & Marinated Cucumber with Spicy Soy Sauce
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Lo Mein & Marinated Cucumber

with Spicy Soy Sauce

25 MIN
2 Servings
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    In this dish, we’re highlighting fresh, chewy lo mein noodles by tossing them with an umami-rich sauce of earthy black vinegar, soy glaze, spicy sambal oelek, and more that perfectly complement the richness of the pork. You'll serve the noodles topped with marinated cucumbers for an added crunch.
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    Lo Mein & Marinated Cucumber with Spicy Soy Sauce
    Title
    • 10 oz Ground Pork
    • ½ lb Lo Mein Noodles
    • 1 Persian Cucumber
    • 2 stalks Celery
    • 1 Yellow Onion
    • 1 Piece Ginger
    • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
    • 2 Tbsps Seasoned Black Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
    • 3 Tbsps Soy Glaze
    • 2 Tbsps Black Bean Sauce
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and small dice the onion. Thinly slice the celery on an angle. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds. In a bowl, combine the sliced cucumber, sesame seeds, and half the vinegar. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the black bean sauce, soy glaze, remaining vinegar, 1 tablespoon of water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

    Cook the noodles
    2 Cook the noodles
    Add the noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain and rinse under warm water 30 seconds to 1 minute to prevent sticking.
    Cook the pork & vegetables
    3 Cook the pork & vegetables

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced onion, sliced celery, and as much of the chopped ginger as you'd like. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and the vegetables are softened.

    Finish the nooodles & serve your dish
    4 Finish the nooodles & serve your dish

    Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the pork is coated and cooked through. Turn off the heat; stir in the cooked noodles until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished noodles topped with the marinated cucumber. Enjoy! 

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and small dice the onion. Thinly slice the celery on an angle. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds. In a bowl, combine the sliced cucumber, sesame seeds, and half the vinegar. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the black bean sauce, soy glaze, remaining vinegar, 1 tablespoon of water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

    2 Cook the noodles
    Add the noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain and rinse under warm water 30 seconds to 1 minute to prevent sticking.
    Cook the noodles
    Cook the pork & vegetables
    3 Cook the pork & vegetables

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced onion, sliced celery, and as much of the chopped ginger as you'd like. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and the vegetables are softened.

    4 Finish the nooodles & serve your dish

    Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the pork is coated and cooked through. Turn off the heat; stir in the cooked noodles until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished noodles topped with the marinated cucumber. Enjoy! 

    Finish the nooodles & serve your dish
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