Char Siu Style Pork Chops Over Sesame Noodles

Char Siu Style Pork Chops Over Sesame Noodles 





  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. shaoxing cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. sambal chili paste
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 inches ginger, grated (or 1 tbsp. ginger paste)
  • 1/2 tsp. 5 spice (more or less to personal preference)
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 large thick cut bone-in pork chops




  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sambal chili paste
  • 1 scallion, thin sliced, plus more for serving




  • 6 oz rice noodles - cooked according to package instructions and rinsed with cold water
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, plus more for serving




1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large measuring cup. Put the pork into a zip top bag and pour the marinade mixture into the bag. Allow to sit for at least an hour, or overnight.

2. Mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside.

3. Mix the noodle ingredients together and set aside.

4. Preheat broiler to low and set the rack about 4 inches from the heat.

5. Put the pork onto a baking sheet and broil about 3-5 minutes to char. Flip and repeat.

6. Turn oven to 350°F and cook the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, depending on the thickness of the pork, this could be a few minutes or up to 15.

7. Plate the noodles first, then top with the pork, and drizzle on some additional sauce, as well as the scallions and sesame seeds.




Recipe Inspiration: RBG frequently took her daughter to the Kings Highway branch of the Brooklyn Public Library that sat above a Chinese restaurant. They would pour over books for hours and as reported in the New York Times in the 90’s, RBG associated the scent of Chinese food with the “pleasures of reading.”


Georgina Whalen  


Georgina Whalen is the food and lifestyle creator behind A Noted Life, a blog started twelve years ago to help her document memorable culinary moments and partnerships. A passionate racial equality champion and SLE advocate, (systemic lupus erythematosus, the most common type of lupus), Georgina uses her platform to engage in meaningful discourse, sharing her own experiences of inequality to help drive connection and insight. Find her on Instagram @georgina.whalen


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