Pulled pork marries well with soba noodle soup


The Associated Press

We tend to associate pulled pork with Southern-style barbecue. But for this hearty fall soup, we decided to take our favorite moist and tender pork in a decidedly Japanese direction.

We started by marinating medallions of pork tenderloin in garlic and oil. Time is your friend here, so don’t hesitate to let it go overnight. Then we saute onions and shiitake mushrooms until brown, and bring that and the pork to a simmer in chicken broth. Once the pork is tender, we use forks to pull it into delicious strands.

Add some fresh ginger and soba noodles and you have a fresh, warming take on pulled pork.




Start to finish: 3 hours

1-pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch medallions

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided

Two 6-ounce containers shiitake mushrooms, stalks discarded, sliced

1 large yellow onion, sliced

6 cups (1½ quarts) low-sodium chicken broth

2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

6.2 ounces soba noodles (two-thirds of a 9.3-ounce package)

3 scallions, sliced

Salt and ground black pepper

In a zip-close plastic bag, combine pork medallions, garlic and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Shake to coat evenly, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

When ready to cook, in a large saucepan over medium-high, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add mushrooms and onion and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add pork and garlic from the bag, along with chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer pork to a plate. Using 2 forks, shred pork pieces, then return meat to the pot. Add ginger and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in scallions and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Servings: 8

Nutrition information per serving: 230 calories; 60 calories from fat (26 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 18 g protein; 260 mg sodium.

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