|Recipe Name:||Mapo Ragu||Submitted by:||Julie|
|Preparation Time:||30-60 Minutes|
|Number of Servings:||4|
3 Tablespoon(s) (any neutral oil) oil, peanut
2 peeled and sliced lengthwise onion, yellow
1 Pinch(s) Sea salt
1 Pound(s) pork, ground
1 Cup(s) ***see note rice, white
1 1 inch, peeled and chopped ginger
3 Tablespoon(s) (korean chili-bean paste) gochujang
1 Tablespoon(s) soy sauce
1 Tablespoon(s) sugar, brown
1 Bunch(s) or hearty cooking greens kale
4 thinly sliced for garnish scallions
**This is SOO GOOD. For less sweetness, cut back on goguchang and brown sugar, and add more soy sauce and sriracha.
****10-15 frozen cylindrical rice cakes (optional), or rice noodles, or pasta
Heat the oil in a wok set over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the onions and the pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have released their moisture and are starting to brown, approximately 10 minutes. Then turn the heat down to low, and continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, until they have turned golden brown and sweet, an additional 20 minutes or so.
Tip the onions into a bowl, and return the wok to high heat over the stove.
Add remaining tablespoon of oil, then the pork, and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until it is just cooked, but not yet browning, approximately 10 minutes. Add the cooked meat to the reserved onions.
If using the rice cakes, put a large pot of salted water over high heat, and bring to a boil.
Return wok to stove over medium heat and cook the garlic and ginger in fat remaining from pork (add an extra splash of neutral oil if necessary). When the garlic and ginger soften, add gochujang, soy sauce, brown sugar and, if using, the Sichuan peppercorns. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water, enough to loosen the gochujang and make a sauce, then return pork and onions to the wok and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings.
Bring sauce to a simmer, and add the chopped greens, then stir to combine and cook until they have started to soften, approximately 5 minutes.
If using rice cakes, place them in the boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes to soften, then drain and add to the sauce. (If not, serve the ragù with steamed rice, rice noodles or pasta.) Garnish with the sliced scallions.
Recipe by Sam Sifton of the NYT. Here's his note:
This is my simple, everyday take on a dish developed at Momofuku Ssam Bar in Manhattan many years ago by the chefs David Chang and Tien Ho and their band of collaborators. It is almost literally a mashup: a meal that is kind of Korean, kind of Chinese, kind of Italian. If you don’t like spicy food, use miso instead of the gochujang and don’t use Sichuan peppercorns. (If you like really spicy food, add dried chiles or hot pepper flakes to the recipe at the point you add the gochujang.) And if you want to make it even more luxe than it is already, follow the lead of Chang’s crew and stir 6 ounces of silken tofu into the sauce at the end.