Chow Udon with Pork and Black Bean Sauce

A take on the classic chow mein, this time with sturdier Japanese udon noodles.

Ryan Wong|Apr 06, 2022
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20 Minutes

2-4 Servings

Easy

Wok | stir fry

Chow mein, from the Chinese

chaomian

, is a popular dish that we all know and love, featuring thinly sliced proteins, crisp vegetables, and egg noodles. Despite being standard takeout fare, the delicate egg noodles often clump into a brick that is frustratingly both squishy and difficult to break apart. During the pandemic, Chef Ryan Wong from Los Angeles’

Needle

found a solution to this. He began using Japanese udon noodles, which are thicker, made from wheat, and transport much better.

Even if you’re only transporting yours from

Wok

to plate, udon is still a bit easier to work with and source than egg noodles, which vary significantly in quality across brands. Plus, they are par-cooked so all you need to do is give them a quick blanch and they’re ready to go. Make sure you get your Wok super hot to achieve a good sear on your proteins and vegetables, and the whole process will come together in a matter of minutes.

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Ingredients

1

pack fresh udon

4

ounces pork jowl or butt, thinly sliced (may substitute chicken or beef)

Neutral oil like peanut or canola as needed

¼

onion, medium dice

1

teaspoon preserved black bean sauce

1

teaspoon minced garlic

1

cup green or napa cabbage, medium dice

8

sugar snap peas

1

tablespoon Shao Xing cooking wine

1

teaspoon oyster sauce

1

tablespoon light soy sauce

1

teaspoon dark soy sauce

¼

teaspoon granulated white sugar

¼

teaspoon ground white pepper

1

scallion, chopped for garnish

Salt to taste

Instructions

STEP 1

Fill your

Stainless Clad Saucepan

with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When the water boils, add udon noodles and for 30 seconds. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

STEP 2

Place your

Carbon Steel Wok

over high heat until smoking. Pour in enough oil to coat the bottom. Add the sliced pork and stir fry until the edges are browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and stir fry until the edges are browned, about 3 minutes more.

STEP 3

Toss in the preserved black bean and garlic sauce. When the garlic becomes fragrant, add the udon noodles, cabbage, and sugar snap peas, stirring constantly.

STEP 4

Pour in the wine, sauces, sugar, and white pepper. Stir fry for an additional 2 minutes until everything is warmed through and fully combined.

STEP 5

Adjust salt to taste and remove from heat. Plate and garnish with chopped scallion.