Tomato Pork and Vermicelli

Tomato pork and vermicelli

I’ve unfortunately been lazy and bored with cooking over the past several weeks as I haven’t found new recipes I’ve been interested in attempting. My weekly cooking routine has gone from making dinner 2-3 times per week to 1-2 times at most (my partner’s dubu jorim has been on repeat), filling in the other night gaps with breakfast for dinner or scrounging around whatever’s leftover. Thankfully I recently found Jen Curley’s tomato pork “spaghetti” recipe on TikTok and was immediately excited about trying the meal. Leaving the ground meat to marinate for an hour was the longest step of the recipe, with the rest of the dish coming together in less than 20 minutes! I’m amazed at how delicious the dish was and I only wish I cooked a larger batch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground pork (any ground meat could work!)
  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes or 3-4 large tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp or 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 2 bundles noodles of choice (I used vermicelli but somen, udon, or egg noodles would be delicious)
  • Sake, shoyu, sesame oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oyster sauce, sugar to taste

Instructions:

  1. Marinate ground pork in sake, shoyu, sesame oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste, and 1 Tbsp of garlic for at least one hour (who knew you could and should marinate ground meats?)
  2. While pork is marinating, slice cherry tomatoes in half or large tomatoes in quarters
  3. Dice yellow onion and set aside
  4. Boil noodles of choice following instructions on noodle package (my vermicelli cooked in 3 minutes)
  5. In a large pan, cook onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant
  6. Add marinated pork to pan and stir fry until nearly fully cooked
  7. Incorporate tomatoes in pan and simmer until tomatoes have burst
  8. Season with oyster sauce and sugar to taste
  9. Serve tomato pork over noodles of choice or rice and sides of veggies and lots of pickles (I went for stir fried garlic bok choy and a heaping of Vietnamese Đồ Chua)!
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