Sometimes you’re craving something really really really TASTY, and oftentimes the secret to that craving is lots of salty, spicy goodness. That’s why today, we’re offering up these Spicy Crispy Pork Noodles made with one of our favorite store-bought sauces, Lao Gan Ma.
A Recipe with Shortcuts!
We’ve done a few recipes now that showcase our favorite—really China’s favorite—shortcut to flavor: Lao Gan Ma Chili Sauce with Black Beans. One of the first was Kaitlin’s Special Noodles, a riff on a sort of Lao Gan Ma lo mein that is packed with the delicious aromatics and porky crispy bits that we all want in a great bowl of noodles. Another recipe that uses this greatest of chili sauces is my mom’s Lao Gan Ma Noodles. (You can read more on the origin of “Godmother sauce” there, too!)
But another shortcut to this Spicy Crispy Pork Noodles recipe is using regular ol’ spaghetti!!! It technically came about because my dad forgot to buy the lo mein noodles for me to make the original Kaitlin’s Special Noodles recipe. When you’re a blogger, forgetting your shopping list isn’t just inconvenient, it turns into an occupational hazard when I open the fridge and realize there ain’t no lo mein noodles in sight…
That said, the great news is that this recipe actually works great with any box of dried spaghetti, even in the wok; but you can make it in any heavy-bottomed skillet set over high heat.
We hope you enjoy this Spicy Crispy Pork Noodles recipe as much as we do!
Spicy Crispy Pork Noodles: The Recipe
Pour ¼ cup oil into the wok over medium heat and add the chilis. Let the peppers infuse the oil for 1 minute.
Add the chopped garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
Then add the ground pork. Stir until just cooked through, breaking up any big chunks.
Then add 2 heaping tablespoons of the Lao Gan Ma black bean hot sauce. Stir and cook for a minute.
Turn the heat up to high and add the cooked spaghetti, peanuts, scallions, and leafy veggies.
You can use any leafy green vegetable that wilts quickly. We chose baby bok choy:
Quickly stir fry for a few minutes to heat them through. Stir fry to combine, moving quickly so the spaghetti doesn’t stick to the wok. Cook until the veggies are wilted/just cooked through.
Spicy Crispy Pork Noodles
- ¼ cup oil
- 1-3 fresh or dried red chilis
- 2 tablespoons ginger (finely minced)
- ½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn powder (optional)
- 5 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 8 ounces ground pork
- 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (plus more to taste)
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons Lao Gan Ma Black Bean Chili Sauce (or to taste, we used 3!)
- 8 oz. dried spaghetti (cooked according to package instructions)
- ⅓ cup chopped peanuts (optional)
- 1 scallion (chopped)
- A big handful or two of any leafy green vegetable (anything that wilts quickly and has a mild flavor will do, such as bok choy, choy sum, spinach, napa cabbage, etc., washed)
- Pour ¼ cup oil into the wok over medium heat and add the chilis. Let the peppers infuse the oil for 1 minute. Add the minced ginger and Sichuan peppercorn powder, if using, and fry for another minute.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Then add the ground pork. Stir until just cooked through, breaking up any big chunks. Next, add 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine, ½ teaspoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon white pepper, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon sesame oil. Then add 2 heaping tablespoons of the black bean hot sauce. Stir and cook for a minute.
- Turn the heat up to high and add the cooked spaghetti, peanuts, scallions, and leafy veggies. Quickly stir fry for a few minutes to heat them through. Stir fry to combine, moving quickly so the spaghetti doesn’t stick to the wok. Cook until the veggies are wilted/just cooked through.
- Serve immediately!