Spicy Noodles with Pork, Scallions & Bok Choy

Spicy Noodles with Pork, Scallions & Bok Choy

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November 2019

These spicy noodles are inspired by a Chinese dish called Ants Climbing a Tree, named for the way the small pieces of ground pork (the "ants") cling to the noodles (the "tree"). The twist in these healthy noodles comes from adding vegetables like scallions and bok choy.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 7 ounces thin rice noodles or rice sticks
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 head bok choy (about 1 pound), chopped, greens and whites separated
  • 3 scallions, sliced, greens and whites separated
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup chili-bean sauce (see Tip) or chile-garlic sauce
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Crushed red pepper for garnish


  • Prep

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  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large flat-bottomed wok or cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add bok choy whites and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bok choy greens and cook until wilted, about 1 minute more. Transfer all the bok choy to a medium bowl.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, scallion whites, ginger and chili-bean sauce (or chile-garlic sauce) to the pan. Add pork and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, tamari (or soy sauce) and sugar. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the reserved noodles and bok choy; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve topped with scallion greens and crushed red pepper, if desired.
  • Tip: Chili-bean sauce, a popular condiment used in Sichuan cooking, is made from fermented soybeans and broad beans, and red chiles. It adds heat and saltiness to these noodles. Look for it at Asian markets or online.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1⅓ cups
  • Per serving: 311 calories; 9 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; 98 mcg folate; 44 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 6,330 IU vitamin A; 65 mg vitamin C; 170 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 608 mg sodium; 581 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (127% daily value), Vitamin C (108% dv), Folate (24% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 fat, 1 vegetable

Reviews 1

October 28, 2019
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By: Katelin Cornell
Our store didn’t have ground pork so I made it with ground chicken, but it was still amazing and I will definitely make it again! Learn from my mistake though and be very careful about adding the chili sauce to the hot pan. I went into a major coughing fit and had to throw the door open to air out my kitchen. Maybe not quite such a high heat next time!
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