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Dinner Tonight: Minced Pork with Soba Noodles

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger]

I was confused. The ingredient list was short and concise, and yet I was detecting all these other flavors that I couldn't place. It wasn't spicy or sweet—the taste was more complex and haunting, almost like a smoky aroma. It was addicting to say the least, but where did it come from?

I realize the secret to this recipe from the food blog Appetite for China is high heat. Each ingredient is cooked over extreme heat, lending it a crisp texture, and then cooked briefly with sake and soy sauce.

Make sure to have a fan going, and keep an eye on your smoke detector. Oddly, this doesn't taste like some fanciful dish—it's more like comfort food. You can use just about any kind of Asian noodle you'd like. I had some soba lying around but ramen would work too.

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