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Taedonggang-Style Spicy Noodles Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb. of dried noodles
- 1 lb. of ground pork
- 1/2 cup of soy sauce
- 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of gochujang (Korean chili paste)
- 1/4 cup of sesame oil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. of ginger, minced
- 1/2 cup of scallions, chopped
- 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup of peanuts, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot for boiling noodles
- Large skillet for cooking pork and sauce
- Mixing bowl

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the dried noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground pork and cook until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.

3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, gochujang, garlic, and ginger.

4. Add the sauce to the skillet with the pork and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.

5. Add the cooked noodles to the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the noodles are heated through.

6. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped scallions and cilantro.

7. Serve the noodles hot, garnished with chopped peanuts.

- Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Medium-high heat for cooking pork and sauce
Serving size:
- 4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 550
- Fat: 25g
- Carbohydrates: 50g
- Protein: 30g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground beef or chicken can be used instead of pork
- Honey or maple syrup can be used instead of brown sugar
- Almond or peanut butter can be used instead of peanuts

- Add vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or broccoli to the skillet with the pork
- Use different types of noodles such as udon or rice noodles
- Add a fried egg on top of the noodles for extra protein

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to cook the pork until it is fully cooked through
- Adjust the amount of gochujang to your desired level of spiciness
- Reserve some of the sauce to drizzle on top of the noodles before serving

Storage instructions:
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the noodles in individual bowls with chopsticks and a spoon
- Garnish with additional scallions and cilantro

- Chopped peanuts
- Additional scallions and cilantro

- Serve with a side of kimchi or pickled vegetables
- Pair with a cold beer or a glass of white wine

Suggested side dishes:
- Steamed rice
- Stir-fried vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of water or chicken broth to thin it out
- If the noodles are too dry, add a bit more sesame oil to the skillet

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the pork to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure it is fully cooked

Food history:
- Taedonggang is a river in North Korea that is known for its clear water and scenic views

Flavor profiles:
- Spicy, savory, and slightly sweet

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as a main dish for lunch or dinner

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Region: North Korean

Taste: Spicy, Savory, Tangy, Umami, Aromatic