Monday, February 10, 2014

Slow Cooker Chinese Pork Tenderloin with Garlic-Sauced Noodles

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Chris has proclaimed this his new favorite slow cooker meal and immediately asked if I could add it to the rotation. I, of course, obliged. Not only because it's incredibly tasty, but also because it's SO easy to prepare. And easy meals are my thing these days. I love my little boy more than words, but it's not so easy to make dinner with him around. He's somewhat of an attention hog (he gets that trait from his dad).
The pork tenderloin slow cooks with soy sauce and hoisin sauce for 3.5 hours so it can easily be shredded. Oh, and that's another reason I love this recipe. It doesn't take 8-9 hours like most slow cooker recipes, so if I decide last minute that I want to make it, it won't be an issue!

I digress. So the pork falls apart and is tossed with the most amazing marinade of Asian flavors. Matchstick carrots provide some crunch, while the fun texture of the Ramen noodles make it a full meal. This is one recipe I'm sure you'll be adding to your rotation as well. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

  • 2 (1 lb.) pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat
  • 1/2 cup lower-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 3 bags Ramen noodles (seasoning packets discarded)
  • 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
  • 3/4 cup diagonally sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped unsalted or lightly salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 9 lime wedges
Place tenderloins in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Combine 2 tablespoon soy sauce, hoisin sauce, tomato sauce, sugar, ginger and garlic; drizzle over tenderloins. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 1/2 hours. 

Remove pork from slow cooker, and place on a cutting board, reserving cooking liquid in slow cooker. Let pork stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook noodles for three minutes. Strain and set aside.

Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a bowl. Shred pork with 2 forks.

Return cooking liquid to slow cooker; add pulled pork and stir so well coated. Stir in remaining 6 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. Cover and cook on HIGH 10 minutes. Add noodles, carrots, green onions and cilantro leaves, tossing to coat. Turn slow cooker to WARM.

Spoon noodle mixture into bowls; sprinkle with peanuts and additional chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Source: Adapted from My Recipes


  1. Yum-o!! This looks fantastic - thanks for the recipe! I often buy pork tenderloin, but this recipe definitely cranks up the volume on my usual mode of preparation. Will test-drive this one for sure.

    1. I agree! I often make the same thing over and over again when it comes to pork, so this was a welcomed surprise in our household. It's definitely a favorite of ours! Let me know what you think!


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