Spicy Pork and Summer Vegetable “Mazemen”.
Seasonal recipes to enjoy summer vegetables and "Yume no Daichi"
In the eighth installment of "Seasonal Recipes" using "Yume no Daichi" and seasonal ingredients, we introduce a dish using cucumber, a vegetable that is in season from July to November.
This time, we will introduce a spicy mazemen noodles dish perfect for summer, with the addictive spiciness of Sichuan-style raayu (Chinese chili oil).
The well-cooled, firm Chinese noodles and
tender pork shabu-shabu are intertwined with the spicy sauce,
The spicy sauce is a delicious combination that will leave you wanting more.
Please enjoy it with fresh summer vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes.
- Chinese noodles (for chilled noodles): 2 bags
- Pork loin: 200g
- Sunny lettuce: 2 leaves
- Baby leaf: as needed
- cucumber: 1/4
- Tomatoes: 1/4
- Shiso: 6 leaves
- White roasted sesame seeds: a pinch
- Men-tsuyu (3 times concentrated): 3 tablespoons
- Water: 4 tablespoons
- Gochujang (red pepper paste): 1 tablespoon
- Raayu (Szechuan style): 1/2 tablespoon
- Sesame oil: 1/2 tablespoon
- Combine seasonings in a bowl and mix well.
- Tear sunny lettuce into bite-size pieces. Slice cucumber with a slicer. Cut tomatoes into bite-size pieces.
- Cut shiso leaves into strips, soak in water, and drain.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and quickly boil the pork loin one by one until cooked through. Drain in cold water.
- Boil water in a pot and cook Chinese noodles for the indicated time. Drain in iced water.
- Place Chinese noodles, sunny lettuce, cucumber, baby leaves, and tomatoes in a bowl, in that order.
- Pour the sauce from 1) and garnish with shiso leaves and white roasted sesame seeds.
- After boiling pork, it should be soaked in water at room temperature. Note that if the pork is soaked in ice water or other water with a lower temperature, the fat will harden and the texture will deteriorate.
Cucumber is one of the most popular summer vegetables.
Cucumbers are so low in calories (14 kcal per 100 g)*1 that they are listed in the Guinness World Records as the “Least caloric fruit” (the fruit with the fewest calories).
At first glance, you may think it has no nutritional value, but in fact, it is packed with nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.
Potassium has a diuretic effect and is said to be effective in eliminating sodium from the body and reducing swelling, and it also has the effect of cooling the body by expelling heat trapped in the body.
When potassium is deficient, fatigue tends to accumulate in the muscles and appetite is reduced. This is what is called summer fatigue.
This summer, let’s eat nutritious cucumbers and “Yume no Daichi” together to prevent summer fatigue and get through the summer.
*1 From the Standard Tables of Food Composition in Japan, 2020 edition (8th revision)
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