Friday, December 3, 2010

Pork Chow Mein Soup

This recipe is a simple ingredient, no fuss, and quick one dish meal/soup.  Lots of possible variations on the items you could add to change this recipe to your individual tastes.
INGREDIENTS
· Extra Virgin Olive Oil
· 1 Tbsp. Red Chili Olive Oil
· 5 small Green Onions, chopped fine
· 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
· 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
· 1 Large Red Bell Pepper (fresh; chopped into thin pieces)
· 2 Stalks Celery (chopped)
· 4 Cups Vegetable Stock
· 8 Oz. Pork Tenderloin, cut into ¾” pieces
· 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
· 2 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar (substitute rice wine)
· 1 Small Red Chili (seeded and minced)
· 1 Tbsp. Fresh Ground Ginger
· 1 Tsp. Finely Chopped Lemongrass
· 6 Oz. Chow Mein Noodles
· Fresh ground Seat Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
· Paul Prudhommes Pork and Veal Magic (to taste)
· 8 Oz. can Sliced Water Chestnuts
PREPARATION AND COOKING
1.    Dust pork with Prudhommes spice while heating EVOO in a Dutch oven over medium/high heat and brown pork, remove from pan.
2.    Add more EVOO and the onions, garlic, bell pepper and cook until tender.
3.    In a bowl mix the cornstarch with enough vegetable stock to make a paste, add to vegetables and stir for 1 minute.
4.    Add remaining stock, soy sauce, vinegar, lemongrass, chile, ginger and chile oil.
5.    Add salt and pepper to taste and stir. 
6.    Bring to boil and reduce heat then add pork, cover Dutch oven and simmer for 25 minutes.
7.    In a separate sauce pan boil water and cook Chow Mein Noodles.  Remove and drain, rinsing with cold water and set aside.
8.    After 25 minutes of simmering, add the noodles and water chestnuts, cover and simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat.  Serve hot.  Can be stored for later use as well.