Spicy Miso Pork Ramen Noodles
Makes 4 servings
6 — 8 ounces dried ramen noodles (sometimes labeled chuka soba)
10 ounces ground pork
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
2.5 tablespoons aka miso paste (dark/red miso paste)
1 1/2 tablespoons toban jian (chili bean sauce)
2 tablespoons water
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
chopped chives, to garnish
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the noodles and rinse them under cold water and drain well.
2. In a medium-size bowl, mix together the ground pork, sesame oil, miso paste, toban jian, water, garlic, and granulated sugar with a fork until everything is well-incorporated.
3. Cook the meat mixture in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat into small clusters, until it has cooked through (about 5 minutes).
4. Add the noodles to the skillet and toss them in the cooked meat mixture until they are coated and reheated. Serve the noodles garnished with chopped chives. Add salt and pepper as needed.