Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pork Lo Mein

I almost didn't post this one because the pictures just weren't working out for me. I know, how very vain of me! But this dish is so good, I just had to share it with you guys.

Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, I have to get some sort of noodle dish. HAVE to. I don't necessarily live for pasta, but there's something about those lo mein dishes that I can't resist, I just love the flavors. I also love it when I can eat lo mein that is lighter in fat and calories, but full of tender pork, delicious veggies and tons of flavor.

If you plan to make this meal, just know that there is 30-60 minutes worth of marinating before you book. I always hate being surprised with that fact when I start making dinner, haha!

Biz, notice the hot sauce! You're rubbing off on me! ;)

Pork Lo Mein
America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook


4 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster flavored sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder (don't exclude this, it's what makes the dish so GOOD!)
1 (1 1/2 lb) pork tenderloin, trimmed, halved and sliced crosswise into 1/8-inch thick pieces
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (I wish I had added a bit more, mine was still a little watery)
12 ounces spaghetti
4 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
6 tablespoons Chinese rice cooking wine or dry sherry
12 ounces shiitake mushrooms, brushed clean, stemmed and halved
1/2 head napa cabbage, cored and sliced crosswise, 1/2 inch thick
8 scallions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce


1. Mix the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and five-spice powder together in a bowl. Measure 1/4 cup of the mixture into a separate bowl, stir in the pork, cover and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. Whisk the broth and cornstarch into the remaining soy sauce mixture.

2. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until tender. Drain the noodles and leave in the colander.

3. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the canola oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat until just smoking. Add half of the pork, break up any clumps, and cook until lightly browned, but not fully cooked, about 3 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons of wine and cook until the liquid is nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Transfer into a bowl.

4. Repeat with 1 1/2 teaspoons more canola oil, remaining pork, and remaining 3 tablespoons wine; transfer to bowl.

5. Wipe the pot dry with paper towels. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and heat over high heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and book, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions, ginger, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

6. Rewhisk the soy sauce-cornstarch mixture to combine, then stir into the pot. Stir in the cooked pork, with any accumulated juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly and the pork is heated through, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta and sriracha and toss until combined and hot. Serve.

Serves 6: 1 serving is 1 2/3 cups

Per Serving: 490 cal, 11g fat, 62g carb, 35g prot, 4g fiber


Ann said...

I love Lo Mein too. This Pork Lo Mein looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I eat shrimp lo mein all the time. It's one of my favorite Chinese dishes. Your pork version looks deliicious!


♥peachkins♥ said...

your photos look fantastic and I love noodles! I love everything about this dish!

peachkins atThe Peach Kitchen

Chow and Chatter said...

love these kind of dishes too come to Auss!

Erica said...

Lo Mein is SO awesome. I don't do a lot of cooking with pork...maybe I should try this! Hope you're doing well ;)

Jennifurla said...

I also just love lo mein, wishing I had some of this right now!

Rebekah said...


Pam said...

I haven't made lo mein before... this one looks like a kepper!

Debbie said...

My sons favorite Chinese dish! I like the sound of your marinade. I have Chinese 5 spice powder and have never used it. It just sits in the pantry. I need to give this a try and use it already!!

Barbara said...

Nothing wrong with those photos, Teresa! They made me drool. Love Lo Mein. This recipe looks super!

girlichef said...

I think the pictures look great! Definitely a must try...YUM!

Lara said...

Ha, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who gets caught up in the quality of the pictures. This looks delicious and I thought your photos turned out great!

Natalie said...

I have got to get this cookbook! all recipes I've seen from it look and sound delicious!

Kim said...

I'm laughing over here because I'm noticing that you're really into pork right now. I totally get it though because I'm on a total shrimp kick. I've never had a lo mein dish with pork, but I want to now. I bet it's wonderful.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Teresa, I really don't know what you're talking about, because those pictures have got me drooling. They've done their primary job, which is to make me hungry! :D

Mary said...

I love lo mein and you've shared a wonderful recipe for it with us today. I love noodles in all their guises and love what you did today. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chris said...

I love anything with sriracha sauce.

I had the same experience with my milk braised pork. Looked like dog food but was some of the best food I've made recently.

Reeni said...

This is my Mom's favorite - she has been asking me to make it for ages. It sounds even better than takeout - much more flavorful!

Velva said...

I love lo mein dishes. Your pork lo mein looks delicious.
I am glad you posted this recipe.


Joanne said...

I haven't had lo mein in FOREVER because I just don't order takeout ever. But I do love it. And I love this homemade version!

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks much better than restaurants!

Leslie said...

Sometimes the best meals dont take pretty pictures. I am glad you posted it...sounds delish! But I think the photos are fine!

Mandi said...

I am so making this! You are so right about the lo mein dishes at Chinese restaurants! I do the same thing - always get some sort of chicken lo mein. This looks so great and filling =) Thanks for sharing!

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Yum!!! Sounds perfect for lunch today :)