My friends, I am tired.
It is Friday!
But I am tired. It's been a heck of a week—pushing out the December/January issue (my god, is 2013 really so soon?) has required regular 13- and 14-hour days, and I am tired.
I am also overstuffed, because regular 13- and 14-hour days makes a person feel sorry for oneself and go on a great big binge on takeout food she doesn't even really want.
What I really want is comfort food, and unfortunately pizza that causes heartburn doesn't really feed the need.
This, however, does. Every time.
Katsu Pork with Spicy Peanut Noodles
2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
¼ cup finely diced onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tablespoon red curry paste
3 tablespoon olive oil, divided
½ small head cabbage, thinly sliced
4 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
4 pork cutlets or very thin chops
2 eggs, beaten
10 ounces buckwheat soba noodles, cooked according to package directions
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Garnishes: chopped green onions, sesame seeds
1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, and cook, stirring often, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and keep warm.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat; add cabbage, and cook 5 minutes or until cabbage just starts to soften. Stir in green onions. Cover, reduce heat to low, and keep warm.
3. Heat butter and oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until butter melts. Meanwhile, sprinkle pork on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper. Dredge pork in flour; dip in egg, and dredge in panko. Cook pork in butter mixture 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
4. Bring peanut sauce back to a boil. Whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; add cornstarch mixture to sauce, whisking about 1 minute or until thickened.
5. In a very large bowl, stir together noodles, cabbage mixture, and peanut sauce. Divide noodles among 4 serving plates, and top with pork. Garnish, if desired. Makes 4 servings.