Spicy Pork Ramen Noodles

Lots of kids across the south and some in the lower Midwest seem to be heading back to school. This is my second least favorite time of year only to New Year’s Eve. I am very sensitive to the passage of time and reflection on life during these times. It has been only about 2/3 of the year and I am feeling a bit blue lately. I noticed the trees were turning on the edges yesterday while we were out picnicing. Then the sunsets are getting earlier and earlier each night. The air at night is tinged with just a bit of chill. It is coming, Fall.

I think this year is even harder for me as we are at the point where we are needing to make some decisions with my parents about the future. I have my ideas what I would like to see but I must also consider what they want. As my father has decided to stop all doctors treatments for his cancer and everything else I am aware that it could be months or years left with him. I have always known another day is not guaranteed but this choice seems to make it more imminent. It reminds me of the saying, “Forever will never be long enough.” So, very true for those we love.

But, our life has to continue to move forward. That means meals, classes, and grocery shopping. This meal was good because it came together in no time!

This is what I used in place of the chili garlic sauce as we could not find it in our two grocery stores. I will try to order or look at Walmart when I am there but this worked just fine for us.


The whole family really liked this dish. I HIGHLY recommend you use tamari sauce or low sodium soy sauce in this recipe. It otherwise tends to be VERY salty. My family didn’t mind but I did. You can also substitute the Ramen noodles with Vermicelli noodles or extra thin spaghetti to reduce the sodium content.

Tip: Freeze your pork loin for 15-20 minutes before cutting and it will be easier to slice into thin strips for quick cooking!

Spicy Pork Noodles

A delicious spicy dish!


  • 1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 to 2+ tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 6 (3-oz) packages Ramen noodles, any flavor (discard flavor packets)
  • green onions, sliced for topping if desired


  1. Cook Ramen noodles in boiling water (make sure to discard flavor packet) until they are just cooked. Drain and set aside.
  2. While noodles are cooking heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add pork tenderloin and cook until starting to brown.
  3. Add brown sugar, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce to skillet. Stir. Reduce heat simmer for 5 minutes. Sauce will slightly thicken.
  4. Add cooked noodles to skillet and toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions and serve hot with Siracha or extra chili sauce if desired.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. masgautsen says:

    This looks so tasty!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:



  2. Erika Kind says:

    Sometimes the season can really have an impact in certain life situations. Or we simply notice it more and yes, there is an analogy in both. It is not easy what is coming up for your family but to tell from your posts your family is a solid rock in your life. Sending you love and strength, Marci.
    Thank you for this recipe. It sounds like the kind of Asian food I love a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks Erika. I am trying to make some decisions for this year and you hit what I needed to hear. I need to be strong for them right now. Thanks.

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        Lots of love to all of you, Marci💖


  3. syl65 says:

    I know you will come the decision that’s best for your with your family. Sometimes the changing of seasons signal a time for change. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jarilissima says:

    This looks so good!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

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