These photo-worthy noodle bowls are packed with flavor and sure to impress your family and friends!
Place cucumbers on cutting board. Use chef’s knife to trim ends of cucumbers (discard ends). Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise. Lay pieces flat side down on cutting board and slice crosswise into half-moons about ¼ inch thick.
In medium bowl, use wooden spoon to stir together sliced cucumbers and vinegar. Set aside.
While noodles soak, in large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and 2 tablespoons oil.
Place colander in sink. Ask an adult to drain noodles in colander. Rinse noodles in colander under cold running water. Set noodles aside to drain.
In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Carefully add pork and use wooden spoon to break pork into small pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pork is no longer pink and is beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
You’ll find these nearly translucent noodles in recipes across much of Asia, from brothy pho in Vietnam to stir-fried chow fun in China to pad thai and pad see ew in Thailand (and many, many more recipes).
Rice noodles are traditionally made from just rice flour and water. The rice flour and water mixture might be pushed through a plate with small holes to form long, thin noodles. Or it can be spread into a thin layer, dried, and then sliced into flat noodles by a machine. Some of the most common rice noodles are the tiny, delicate rice vermicelli used in this recipe; straight, flat rice sticks; and wide, chewy chow fun noodles.
There are many varieties of cucumbers in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. The most common cucumber you’ll find at the grocery store is an American or garden cucumber, which has a thick green skin and lots of big seeds. English cucumbers are long and slim, have thin skins and small seeds, and usually come wrapped in plastic. Persian cucumbers (the kind we call for in this recipe) are basically mini versions of English cucumbers and are great for snacking. Kirby cucumbers are small and squat and are great for making pickles. (Did you know that pickles are made from cucumbers?!) What kind of cucumber is your favorite?