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These Thai Pork Noodles are the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner! They take just 15 minutes to throw together and are loaded with crispy seasoned pork, crunchy veggies, and al dente pasta, drizzled with a creamy peanut dressing - a simple, fresh meal your family will love!
Why you're going to love this pork noodle salad:
- The flavors and textures are AMAZING! Crispy, seasoned ground pork atop perfectly al dente pasta and fresh, crunchy veggies, drizzled with cool, creamy peanut sauce. Like, is your mouth watering yet?!?!?
- It's so quick and easy to make! Boil some noodles, brown the pork and throw together a quick peanut sauce - that's it! If you cook the noodles ahead of time you can literally have dinner on the table in 10 minutes!!
- It's great for meat eaters and veggies lovers alike! This dish will satisfy the meat eaters in your life but is also loaded with veggies for the more herbivorous eaters in your life! My daughter likes to eat it with just noodles, peanut sauce and carrots. Let your family make up their own plates so they can pick out their favorite parts!
How to make crispy pork noodles:
Cook pork and spices, crumbling the pork with a spoon, until it's cooked through. Crank the heat and add sesame oil. Let crumbled pork get nice and crispy.
Deglaze the pan with the rice vinegar, scraping all the yummy bits off the bottom of the pan.
Add cooked pasta to the pot and toss to coat in the oil and drippings.
Combine sauce ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.
Assemble the Thai Pork Noodles by creating a bed of pasta and topping it with crispy pork, then adding fresh veggies and herbs. Drizzle with peanut dressing and enjoy!
Tips for making the best crispy Thai pork noodle salad:
- The best way to get those crispy bits of pork is to let the pork sit for 30-60 seconds without stirring after you've cranked the heat and added the sesame oil. If you stir the pork too much at this point, it won't have a chance to make contact with the hot pan crisp up. It will take some restraint, but just let the pork sit until you see it start to get dark golden brown on the bottom. Then give it a quick stir and let it sit for another 30-60 seconds.
- Watch the pork carefully after you've added the sesame oil and are waiting for it to brown because it can go from perfectly dark brown and crispy to burnt in a short time! Don't step away from the stove at this point, or start scrolling through Facebook on your phone. This step requires your full attention! But it's only for a couple minutes 🙂
- You don't want every single piece of pork to be dark brown and crispy. I'd say once you reach the point where half of the pan is dark brown and crispy, pull it off the stove. You still want some bits of pork that are just tender and cooked through. This will give you a nice variety of texture throughout the pork.
If you loved these pork noodles, check out these other family favorites:
- Vegan Curry Ramen Noodles
- Easy Garlic Butter Pasta
- Pan Fried Lemon Butter Fish
- One Pot Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese