I enjoyed the flavors in this, but I didn't like the texture of the pork. If I could figure out how to make it more moist and less chewy... It's had the same texture as my failed pork chops, so maybe I'll just stick to tenderloins and roasts and skip any other variations? Hrmph.
Thai Pork and Noodles
Courtesy of Food Network Magazine
1 pound thin boneless pork chops, fat trimmed
8 ounces wide Thai rice noodles
1 cup fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
2 slices peeled ginger
2 cloves garlic, smashed
3 red jalapeno peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
2 shallots, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons peanut oil
1/4 pound green beans, split lengthwise and cut into pieces
Place the pork in the freezer about 10 minutes to make it easier to slice. Soak the noodles in very hot water until just tender, about 10 minutes; drain. Snip the noodles with scissors into shorter lengths. Cut the frozen pork crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
Puree the cilantro, lime zest and juice, ginger, garlic, jalapenos, shallots, fish sauce, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a food processor until smooth, scraping down the processor as needed.
Heat 3 tablespoons peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add half the cilantro mixture and stir-fry 1 minute. Add the pork and stir-fry until no longer pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pork with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil to the skillet; add the green beans and stir-fry until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the noodles, pork and 2 tablespoons of the remaining cilantro mixture. Cook, tossing with tongs, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining cilantro mixture to taste.