Pork Mince Noodles (Ground Pork Noodles) are quick, easy and seriously tasty! This is a recipe that is comfort food, chopstick food and belly warming! Using everyday ingredients, lots of veggies and a simple sauce, it is perfect any night of the week.
This is a simple recipe with great flavour and texture, you will love it for that and the following reasons:
- Chinese Pork Mince: you can think of it like this, or an Asian Australian fusion recipe. The flavour lends itself to Chinese food as does the cooking method!
- 3 ingredient Sauce: I really held back in using 20 ingredients (no shaoxing wine!) for the sauce for this one!! I want you to be able to make this after work and ain't nobody got time for much so 3 simple ingredients works and will tick all of your boxes.
- Instant Noodles, Egg Noodles or your favourite: people usually have a noodle or 2 brand that they like more than others. The good thing about this recipe is you can use your favourite. Cook them according to the packet instructions and throw them in the pan!
- Dark Soy Sauce: this is the secret ingredient in Asian cooking that turns things a lovely golden brown colour! It is different from regular (sushi) style soy sauce. If you made this recipe with regular soy sauce, it will still work, however, the colour will be lighter than shown in the photos throughout the post.
- Budget friendly: there is nothing in this recipe that will break the bank. Mince pork is cheaper than other cuts of meat and you can use in season veggies to keep the weekly shop under control (Mince Pork Noodles, veggies and sauce for around $10 for 4 meals, yes please!)
- Meal prep: it looks like take out, tastes like take out, but you don't have to dial in or wait for it to be delivered. Chop the vegetables in advance and then you can cook it after working, thinking all day that dinner is 'almost done!'.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. For exact measurements and detailed instructions, scroll to the printable recipe card below.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Pork mince: (also known as ground pork): budget friendly, freezer friendly, a nice change from beef or chicken. This versatile ingredient can be used in so many delicious ways!
- Noodles: as you can see from the photo above, I am using instant noodles. I purchase the version that does not come with seasoning or dried veggies. I like them as they cook super quickly and have great texture!
- Cabbage: this ingredient is perfect to stir fry and takes only moments to prep. Simply finely shred (chop it) with a knife and chopping board and you are all set!
- Mushrooms: save yourself a little effort and purchase sliced mushrooms. That way all you need to do is throw them in the pan. The price difference is minimal and the effortless nature of them awesome!
- Green onions: we use a couple of these as our third veggie in the recipe. If you want some pops of colour on top of the noodles, chop some of the green top tubular bits and sprinkle them over the top!
- Garlic: use 2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped up. You can use jarred minced garlic if you have it and not the clove.
- Peanut oil: we start with this ingredient, heat it and add the garlic and pork mince. It is commonly used in Asian cooking and has an aromatic and fragrant taste about it. You can use sesame oil if you want also.
Ground Pork Noodle Sauce
- Hoisin Sauce: this is readily available in the Asian food/soy sauce area of the supermarket. It is great for stir fry's and not expensive.
- Dark Soy Sauce: this is different to normal soy sauce. This ingredient is used to bring the dark texture to the noodles and dish. It will be labelled 'dark soy sauce' and has more of a black ink colour than a transparent brown like regular soy sauce.
- Brown sugar: this is optional as some folks won't want to add sugar if they are cutting back etc. That is no worries. The main reason I use it in the recipe is to balance the saltiness of the dish. Both the noodles and sauces have a high amount of sodium, so this touch of sweetness means the dish is not 'too salty!'.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by combining the ingredients to make the sauce.
- Gather the sauce ingredients (Photo 1)
- Whisk together (Photo 2)
- Add oil, garlic and pork mince to pan (Photo 3)
- Add vegetables to pan (Photo 4)
How to Make Pork Mince Noodles
Start by whisking together the dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sugar. Once that is combined, set it aside and heat the peanut oil in a large pan.
Add the chopped garlic and pork mince to the pan. Cook for 5-10 mins, breaking up any clumps as you go.
When the pork is cooked, remove it from the pan. Then add the cabbage, mushrooms and spring onions. Stir fry them for 2 to 3 mins.
The vegetables will have a wet look about them when they are cooked. Using high heat cooks them very quickly, but try to use this time to also cook, then drain the noodles.
- Add cooked noodles to the vegetables (Photo 5)
- Then add cooked pork back to the pan (Photo 6)
- Pour the sauce over the noodles (Photo 7)
- Stir till heated through (Photo 8)
Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain them and discard the water.
Add them to the stir fried vegetables, as well as adding the cooked pork mince back to the pan.
Pour the sauce over the noodles and then use chopsticks or kitchen tongs to stir and combine.
You will see the slick sauce coat the noodles and turn them a lovely golden brown. This is the effect that the dark soy sauce has!
Normal soy sauce will bring the flavour to the dish, but not the colour. So if you want to use that, go for it!
The dish has a wonderful taste about it with crunchy and soft vegetables, slurp worthy noodles and melt in your mouth juicy pork!
This is a meal in one!
You may not have room for anything else. If however, you want to serve a start, try my Air Fryer Frozen Spring Rolls, they pair well with store bought sweet chilli sauce!
Portion the dish into bowls and provide chopsticks, if you want a garnish, try chopped spring onions or toasted sesame seed.
How to Guide
How to Store
Let the dish fully cool, then transfer to an air tight container.
It will keep 2 to 3 days in the fridge.
How to Freeze
Ensure the dish has fully cooled before portioning into containers and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat
Reheating noodles can have mixed results.
The best thing to do, is to ensure that the noodles have fully thawed before reheating.
You can use the microwave or reheat in a pan on the stove. If using the stove, add a couple of drops of peanut oil so that the dish doesn't stick to the pan.
Substitutions and Variations
Regular readers will know I include options so that if you don't like cabbage for example, there is an alternative that you can try!
- Switch the cabbage out and switch in buk choy or spinach.
- Add peeled chopped carrots, enoki mushrooms or chopped capsicums (bell pepper).
- If you don't mind that the colour of the recipe won't be as dark, you can use regular soy sauce instead of dark soy sauce.
- You can use the equivalent amount of white sugar instead of brown if you wish.
Here are my top tips and tricks to get the yummy on your plate and right every single time:
- Have everything prepped and ready as you follow one step after the other.
- Use high heat and the dish will cook quickly.
- Keep things moving in the pan, nothing should sit for too long without stirring until the dish is done!
- Every type of noodle will be different, so check the packet and follow what the instructions say. Some you need to cook on the stove, some you only need boiling water poured over.
- When adding the noodles to the dish, stir as you go, you want the sauce to mix through everything, so use chopsticks or tongs to allow the sauce to be mixed in.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is minced pork healthy?
Pork mince can be used in a variety of healthy ways.
Try stir frying it, pairing it with lots of vegetables, having a salad on the side or portioning so that you have a balanced meal.
What are pork noodles made of?
Pork noodles are made of pork mince (ground pork) vegetables, noodles and sauce.
It is a quick recipe that works for lunch or dinner.
You can use pork stir fry strips or a pork fillet that you cut into small pieces if you wish.
How do you make meat noodles?
- Cook the meat till browned then remove from the pan.
- Stir fry the vegetables.
- Cook the noodles according to packet instructions.
- Add the cooked noodles and cooked meat back to the pan.
- Pour the sauce over the entire contents of the pan.
- Stir and all the dish to be heated through.
- Portion, serve with chopsticks and enjoy!
What noodles are best for stir fry?
Some good options for stir frying noodles are using ramen, instant, egg, Singapore, Hokkien or rice noodle.
Choose, thick, thin or even use spaghetti!
Cook the noodles or pasta according to the packet instructions.
You want to get your noodle on, don't you! Me too, got to love the noods. Here are some more noodle or pasta recipes that you might (hopefully) love:
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Pork Mince Noodles
- 1 Chopping board
- 1 Knife
- 1 Glass jug
- 1 Mini whisk
- 1 Large fry pan
- 1 Medium Saucepan or heatproof bowl (to cook the noodles)
- 1 Colander
- 1 Kitchen Tongs
- 1 Chopsticks
- 500 grams pork mince (ground pork) Note 1
- 2 cups cabbage cut into long thin pieces
- 250 grams mushrooms thinly sliced
- 4 green onions roots and tips trimmed, cut into 4 segments
- 4 cakes instant noodles
Pork Mince Noodle Sauce
- ½ cup hoisin sauce
- 1 ½ tbs dark soy sauce Note 2
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar Note 3
- Make the sauce: gather the hoisin sauce, dark soy sauce and brown sugar. Combine in a small jug using a mini whisk, then set aside.
- Cook the pork mince: heat 2 tbs of peanut oil in a large heavy based pan. Add the chopped garlic and pork mince. Cook till browned and use a wooden spoon to stir and break up any clumps of meat as you go. Remove it from the pan when cooked.
- Stir Fry the vegetables: add the shredded cabbaged, sliced mushrooms and sliced green onions to the pan. Stir fry for 2 to 3 mins till they are cooked.
- Cook the noodles: read and follow the instructions on the packet of noodles. Drain once cooked and add to the stir fried vegetables.
- Combine: add the cooked pork mince to the cooked noodles and vegetables. Pour the sauce over the contents of the pan and use tongs or chopsticks to stir the sauce through till it is consistently spread across the dish. Allow to heat through.
- Serve: portion the pork noodles across bowls and provide chopsticks for eating. If you want a garnish, slice some of the green onion top bits and sprinkle over the top. Or use toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!
- Note 1 - Pork Mince: you can switch the pork out and use beef or chicken if you prefer.
- Note 2 - Dark Soy Sauce: this is a different ingredient to regular soy sauce. It has a thin consistency however, the colour is dark like black ink. This brings the golden brown colour to the noodles. If you substitute with regular sauce sauce (that will be fine), you will get the same flavour, however, the dish won't be as dark in colour.
- Note 3 - Brown Sugar: if you want to use regular white sugar or caster sugar you can. If you want to omit this ingredient, you can, the dish will be a little more salty in flavour however, as the sugar, balances the sweet and savouriness of the recipe.