this is a dish that really shows of the simplicity of asian cuisine. it's refreshing that something so basic can be so comforting - a big bowl of warm noodles, rich broth, tender pork and hearty greens. we could eat something like this every day! it's always fun and inspiring to slowly walk through the aisles of your local asian grocery and that's where we found these gorgeous soba noodles, spicy sambal oelek and gai lan. gai lan is also known as chinese kale or chinese broccoli and is very similar in taste to broccoli raab.
Five Spice Pork with Soba Noodles & Miso
1 lb pork tenderloin
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs ground coriander
1 tsp five spice powder
32 oz reduced sodium chicken stock
8 oz soba noodles
6-8 crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 tbs white miso paste
1 small bunch asian leafy greens (gai lan or choy sum), sliced
2 tbs soy sauce
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1-2 tbs sambal oelek, optional (hot chili paste)
preheat oven to 400 degrees F. rub pork tenderloin with a few drops of sesame oil and coat well with coriander, five spice, salt and pepper. roast until cooked through, about 25-30 minutes. cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing.
in a large saucepan, bring stock and 1 cup water to a boil. add the noodles and mushrooms and simmer for 3-4 minutes. whisk in miso paste and add leafy greens. continue to simmer until greens are wilted, about 3-4 minutes. stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.
divide noodles and vegetables between bowls, top with sliced pork and cover with broth. garnish with a few more drops of sesame oil, sliced green onion and a little sambal oelek for heat. enjoy!