Aren't surprise packages the best? I recently received a "just because" gift at work - a Ming Tsai cookbook. As I excitedly leafed through the pages, I was struck by how beautiful each dish was - the recipes were fresh, healthy, flavorful, and brightly colored - exactly what you'd wish for in spring! I spent one day this past weekend perusing my local Asian grocery store for vermicelli noodles, and found some mung bean based ones. So naturally I set forth in search of a simple recipe featuring these.
I'm no stranger to lettuce cups, as evidenced here, but this featured slithery tangy vermicelli noodles, bringing it to a whole new level. The preparation is simple, and it stores well for quick lunches or a healthy, protein-filled snack. Enjoy!
You will need (feeds 4):
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp minced ginger
- 2 tbsp chunky sriracha (adjust this spiciness to your taste, though)
- 2 heaping tbsp hoisinsauce
- 1 small package (approximately 7 oz.) vermicelli glass noodles
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- juice of half a lime
- 2 scallion stalks, whites and greens
- butter or iceberg lettuce, for wrapping
- vegetable oil
- salt, approximately 1 tbsp plus more to taste
First, prepare your vermicelli noodles. Cook according to package. Usually, they will recommend you soak these before actually boiling, so plan ahead accordingly. Combine the fish sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice together in a bowl. Toss the al dente noodles in this mixture, adding the chopped scallion greens. Set aside.Next, cook your pork. In a bowl, add the pork, garlic, ginger, salt, sriracha, chopped scallion whites and greens, and hoisinsauce. Mix this up with your fingers until evenly incorporated. In a large pan, heat up your vegetable oil on medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot,add the pork, breaking up the pieces with a spoon or masher. I would highly recommend cooking it in two batches, since a large batch could cause too much liquid to seep out and then the meat won't brown. Remove from the heat. Taste, and add more salt or hoisinsauce depending on your preferred taste for saltiness or sweetness.
Lastly, build your cups. Using a fork or chopsticks, add the noodles onto the lettuce. Top with pork and more scallions.