Shan Noodles

I don’t know about you but there are so many times I wake up in the morning and I crave soup. I’m talking about a few in particular, and they are all Asian based soups. Soups like Khao Soi, Pho, or even Khao Poon. These are all noodle based soups, soaked in great curry based broths and they do nothing more than bring awesome comfort to your soul. I love them, and this soup in particular is right up with them. It’s called Shan Noodles, and is a riff on all of the soups mentioned above, and typically in that same region, just north of Thailand and Laos, in the Myanmar region, a hodge podge of various cultures, and when that happens, you know you are going to have some pretty awesome food. This is one of them.

Shan Noodles Recipe
Shan Noodles Recipe

This soup is basic but loaded with tons of flavor, plus it is way too simple to make. You can make this with ground pork or chicken as well, but I choose pork. Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pound of ground pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 roma tomatoes, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts, lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic, optional
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 small baby bok choy, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • Rice noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, optional

Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, and let it come to a quick simmer. Add in the ground pork, and using a wooden spoon, continue to break up the pork (or ground chicken), and cook until browned.

Next, add in the diced onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring along the way.

Next, add in the paprika, soy sauce, fish sauce, and turmeric, and stir. Cook for about a minute, then add in the grated tomato. Give this a good stir, and cook for another minute or two. Now add in the water, stir, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes.

How to make Shan Noodles
How to make Shan Noodles

During this time, heat up the chicken stock on the stove on medium heat. Add in the bok choy and let it cook until tender.

Boil water, enough to cover the amount of your rice noodles, and cook until they are al dente, about 5 minutes.

Now you are ready to serve.

Add your cooked rice noodles to your soup bowl. Generously ladle the pork mixture onto the noodles, then add broth to cover the noodles. Add the bok choy, chopped peanuts, fried garlic,and fresh cilantro. Shower with the green onions. Taste, and season with salt.

Dig in. Again, this is like most of those great Asian soups, but something about this one is really special. Sure, it could be the pork mixture, but when everything is brought together it is really, really yummy. Hope you enjoy!

Shan Noodles
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1½ pound of ground pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 roma tomatoes, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts, lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic, optional
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 small baby bok choy, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • Rice noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, optional
Instructions
  1. Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, and let it come to a quick simmer. Add in the ground pork, and using a wooden spoon, continue to break up the pork (or ground chicken), and cook until browned.
  2. Next, add in the diced onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring along the way.
  3. Next, add in the paprika, soy sauce, fish sauce, and turmeric, and stir. Cook for about a minute, then add in the grated tomato. Give this a good stir, and cook for another minute or two. Now add in the water, stir, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Boil water, enough to cover the amount of your rice noodles, and cook until they are al dente, about 5 minutes.
  5. Now you are ready to serve.
  6. Add your cooked rice noodles to your soup bowl. Generously ladle the pork mixture onto the noodles, then add broth to cover the noodles. Add the bok choy, chopped peanuts, fried garlic,and fresh cilantro. Shower with the green onions. Taste, and season with salt.

 

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Franklin’s Smoked Turkey Breast

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty exhausted from the Thanksgiving holiday. As normal, I spent hours in the kitchen cooking up the feast which included a green bean casserole, creamed corn, gravy, a dry brined turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing/stuffing, and this thing of beauty; Franklin’s smoked turkey breast. My colleague turned me onto this recipe and he swore by it. Whenever someone who cooks gets that excited about something, I figured it was worth a shot, and boy was this one ever delicious. As a matter of fact, many said it was probably their favorite, along with my Thanksgiving sausage stuffing.

This turned out awesome, and as I cannot compare as I’ve never had the honor to get to Austin, Texas to try Franklin’s BBQ, I can tell you that this was fall apart tender with just the right amount of smoke.

Franklin's Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe
Franklin’s Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 lb turkey breast
  • 2 whole sticks of butter, unsalted
  • 3 tbsp course cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • your favorite wood chips for smoking (I used cherry)

Start by mixing the salt and pepper in a bowl. remove the skin from the turkey breast and discard it.

Rub the turkey breast with the black pepper and salt, all over all of the sides. Now get your smoker ready. I’ve been using the Smokenator 1000 for some time now, but you could use your grill if you desire. Once the smoker comes to temperature (I shoot for about 250 degrees), add the turkey breast, cover, and let it slowly smoke for about 2.5 hours. Once the turkey is slightly browned, carefully remove it and place it on a plate.

Pull 2 big sheets of aluminum foil off, enough to easily wrap the turkey breast, and top the breast with the two sticks of butter. Cover with the foil, and return back to the smoker, butter side down. Make sure the breast is completely covered and to not have butter dripping down into your smoker! 

How to make Franklin's BBQ smoked turkey breast
How to make Franklin’s BBQ smoked turkey breast

Continue cooking for another 1-2 hours, or until the center of the breast registers around 160 degrees.

When you are ready to serve, carefully remove the foil from the turkey breast, and pull apart with a couple of forks.

This smoked turkey breast was so tender and juicy from cooking in that butter, and it was perfectly seasoned. I served mine on a couple of toasted buns, along with some barbecue sauce and pickles. I will definitely be making this again and again, plus it is perfect to serve during any holiday season. Hope you enjoy!

Franklin's Smoked Turkey Breast
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Recipe type: Turkey
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3.5 lb turkey breast
  • 2 whole sticks of butter, unsalted
  • 3 tbsp course cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • your favorite wood chips for smoking (I used cherry)
Instructions
  1. Start by mixing the salt and pepper in a bowl. remove the skin from the turkey breast and discard it.
  2. Rub the turkey breast with the black pepper and salt, all over all of the sides. Now get your smoker ready. I’ve been using the Smokenator 1000 for some time now, but you could use your grill if you desire. Once the smoker comes to temperature (I shoot for about 250 degrees), add the turkey breast, cover, and let it slowly smoke for about 2.5 hours. Once the turkey is slightly browned, carefully remove it and place it on a plate.
  3. Pull 2 big sheets of aluminum foil off, enough to easily wrap the turkey breast, and top the breast with the two sticks of butter. Cover with the foil, and return back to the smoker, butter side down. Make sure the breast is completely covered and to not have butter dripping down into your smoker!
  4. Continue cooking for another 1-2 hours, or until the center of the breast registers around 160 degrees.
  5. When you are ready to serve, carefully remove the foil from the turkey breast, and pull apart with a couple of forks.

 

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Caribbean Style Pork

I am still working my way through my habanero peppers, and yes, that can take quiet a bit of time. A little goes a long way. As you know, I recently batched out a bunch of mango and peach habanero sauce that I am still hammering through, and day by day it just gets better and better. But as I was still staring down my bag of peppers, I decided to come up with a Caribbean style pork recipe that had that subtle kick of the habanero peppers, but one that it was not too overpowering. This pork dish is bright, vibrant, and packed full of a citrus punch that is a bit addicting.

Caribbean Style Pork Recipe
Caribbean Style Pork Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 nectarines, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 whole white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 whole habanero peppers, seeds and stem removed, chopped
  • 2 whole sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 8 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into thick chunks
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • cooked rice, optional

Start by making the marinade. To a bowl, add in the nectarine, lemon, and lime juice. Season with the salt, pepper, onion, habaneros, bell pepper, thyme, parsley, garlic, worcestershire, oil, and vinegar. Add in the pork, and carefully toss. Careful of those habanero peppers. I always recommend wearing gloves when using those. Once everything is coated, marinate overnight.

Caribbean Style Pork Recipe
Caribbean Style Pork Recipe

The following day, remove the marinated pork from the refrigerator and let it rest on the counter to come up to room temperature.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the pork mixture into a baking dish, seal with aluminum foil, and cook for about 2 hours, or until it is super tender. Uncover, crank up the heat to about 425, and cook a few additional minutes to get a bit crispy.

Remove from the oven, and serve over rice, if desired. Feel free to drizzle any of the remaining liquid over the pork, along with the cooked onions, garlic, and peppers.  This one is a real winner. It has an awesome citrus, and bang of the habanero that is just perfect. Hope you enjoy!

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Bun Bo Hue

For those of you that love Vietnamese pho, you are going to really fall in love with Bun Bo Hue. I know it sounds crazy, and it’s probably hard to pronounce, and hence why you may order #14 off a Vietnamese restaurant menu, and all of that is perfectly fine, but trust me, just trust me on this. You may want to find your local Vietnamese restaurant and order this before making it, and I’m definitely down with that, but if you are craving a great bowl of soup, and one that does take time to make, then this is the one. Similar to pho in a way, but a bit more unctuous and with a different style of noodle, this bowl of soup will have you wanting more, and more.

Bun Bo Hue Recipe
Bun Bo Hue Reciped

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

 

  • 3 pounds ox tail
  • 2 pig’s feet
  • 2 lbs pork shank
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 whole onion, halved
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled
  • 4 ribs celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 8 pieces lemongrass, tops removed, smash the remaining stalk
  • 6 whole dried shrimp
  • water, enough to cover the meat
  • 2 tbsp Maggi sauce
  • 4 tbsp sauteed shrimp paste
  • 3 tbsp palm sugar
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce, to taste
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp annato paste
  • 2 tbsp shallots, diced
  • thinly sliced white onion, about 1/4 cup per serving
  • 1/4 cup Thai basil, per serving
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, per serving
  • Fish sauce to taste
  • 2 cloves additional garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp additional lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 1 package, bun bo hue noodles, cooked until al dente
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • limes, cut into wedges
  • Thai red bird chilies, optional
  • spinach leaves, optional
  • pork blood, optional (I am not a fan)

I know, a lot, right? It’s well worth it though, trust me, plus this allows you to up the ante with your Asian ingredients. The end result is a stock so rich in flavor, that you could simply eat it with noodles, but the fresh herbs really bring this soup to the limelight.

Start by getting a large soup pot ready. Add in all of the meat, and cover with about 2-3 inches more of water. Make sure the meat is properly submerged, and bring it to a simmer. During this time, make sure you ladle off any of the scum that comes to the surface. Trust me, there will be plenty of scum.

Boil for about 20 minutes, then strain the meat, and rinse in a  bowl with cold water.

Clean the soup pot, then return the meat back to the soup pot, cover again with water, then add in your lemongrass, garlic, celery, maggi seasoning, fish sauce, dried shrimp, and onions. Bring this to a simmer, then reduce the heat, and cook for for about 3 hours.

Remove the all of the meat, and let it cool. Once cooled, remove as much as the meat from the oxtail, and the feet, and chop it. Do the same with the beef short ribs. Keep the stock simmering.

Bun Bo Hue Ingredients
Bun Bo Hue Ingredients

To a skillet, add in the canola oil, and bring this to a medium heat. Add in the annato paste, shrimp paste, additional garlic,  and shallots. Give this a good stir, and cook for a few minutes on medium heat until the shallots soften. The annato paste is what gives the stock a great color. Now add this to the stock, and give it a good stir.

Now we are ready to serve.

To a serving bowl, add in the cooked noodles, top with random pieces of pork and beef, top with thinly sliced onions, laded in the broth and serve with the sprouts, chilies, and all of the fresh herbs.

The broth. What can’t I say enough of about this broth. It’s super rich, kind of velvety from all of that fat that it was cooked in, and then those awesome thick and rounded noodles. Pho really just met its match, and as much as I am a huge fan of pho,  this bun bo hue just took it to a whole new level. Hope you enjoy!

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