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Nova_9530April 27, 2016asian stoupThis recipe was inspired by a Trader Joe’s purchase of fully-cooked Korean-inspired spicy pork shoulder. I don’t usually buy their prepared food — mainly, because although I hear it’s good, I enjoy the cooking process. However, this item intrigued me, it was priced right, and I decided to take a chance. It was very well-seasoned and tender — so, once bought and tried, I bought it a second time and made this noodle bowl.

The depth of flavor in this dish belies the quick and easy preparation.

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The two main flavor components were the TJ product and 2 quarts of chicken broth.

Nova_9519April 26, 2016asian stoupWhile the meat was defrosting in a 425 degree oven, I set about prepping other ingredients. Once the meat was ready, I put a flame under the broth and vegetables while I fork-shredded the meat. I then added it to the pot with all the sauce and simmered for about 10 minutes. See recipe below — and be sure to add the finishing touches!Nova_9534April 27, 2016asian stoup


Korean-Inspired Spicy Pork Shoulder & Vegetable Noodle Bowl
Very quick and easy with levels of deep flavor.
Recipe type: noodle bowl
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 6 servings
  • TJ's Korean Inspired Spicy Pork Shoulder
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 4 baby bok choy, sliced vertically
  • a pint of mushrooms quarter
  • a couple of scallions sliced on diagnal
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1 star anise
  • ¾ lb. vermicelli noodles
How To
  1. Follow directions for heating/defrosting meat.
  2. Add ingredients, prepped as noted to large pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  4. Shred pork and fold into pot along with all the pan juices.
  5. Cook vermicelli or Asian noodles separately.
  6. Combine before serving and add 'finishing touches'.
(1) You can add a little more seasoning according to your taste with soy sauce, mirin or fish sauce. I think the heat level is spot on, but feel free to add sriracha if you want more heat.
(2) Finishing Touch:
Add torn basil for freshness and some sliced almonds or crispy rice noodles for crunch.

3 Comments, RSS

  • Lidia Lipstick

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    April 27, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Joan that looks great. You know how I love soup. Going to try it next week.

  • Joan Nova

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    April 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Thanks. I know you’ll enjoy it – and it’s so easy.

  • Victoria of Flavors of the Sun

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    April 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Of course I don’t have a Trader Joe’s here in SMA, and more’s the pity. When my son was in LA, we used to visit TJ’s together and I found the selections rather fascinating, especially for my son’s needs as he cooks, but it isn’t his passion (food is, though). This meat sounds wonderful and I love what you have done with it.

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