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0 min Serves 4 as a main course. Main Ingredient: SOBA*NOODLE*SOUP Cuisine: Asian

Cooking: Active time: 45 min Start to finish: 55 min Start to finish: 1 day min



1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce

a 3/4-pound piece well trimmed boneless pork loin

8 cups chicken broth

six 1/8-inch slices peeled fresh gingerroot

3 star anise

2 large garlic cloves

1/2 pound dried soba noodles

1/2 pound bok choy (about 1/2 small head)

Nutrition Facts

per serving of Serves 4 as a main course.




Step 1Preheat oven to 350° F.

Step 2In a small bowl stir together hoisin, sugar, five-spice powder, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. In a small glass baking dish brush pork with hoisin mixture and roast in middle of oven 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in center registers 160° F. Let pork stand on a cutting board 15 minutes. Cut pork crosswise into thin slices and halve slices diagonally.

Step 3In a large saucepan skim any fat from surface of broth and bring broth to a boil with gingerroot, star anise, garlic, and remaining tablespoon soy sauce. Remove pan from heat and steep broth, covered, 30 minutes. Pour broth through a sieve into another large saucepan.

Step 4While broth is steeping, in a 5-quart kettle bring 3 1/2 quarts salted water to a boil and add noodles. When water returns to boil add 1 cup cold water and bring to boil again. Repeat procedure and simmer noodles 5 minutes, or until just tender. In a colander drain noodles and rinse under cold water. Drain noodles well and divide among 4 large soup bowls.

Step 5Bring broth to a boil. Cut bok choy crosswise into 1/8-inch slices and add to broth. Simmer mixture 2 minutes, or until bok choy is crisp-tender. Divide pork, bok choy, and broth among bowls.

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