‘Somen’, Japanese Thin Noodles, can be substituted with Capellini (Angel Hair Pasta), and I often use Capellini. This is a very simple stir-fry dish, and naturally you can add any vegetables that you have in hand. A quick & easy lunch menu for me.


1 Serving


80-100g Thinly Sliced Pork *cut into small pieces
1 small clove Garlic *finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 thick Spring Onions *thinly sliced diagonally
Some additional Vegetables *Today I added Carrot and Shiitake Mushrooms
Salt & Pepper
1 serving Somen Noodles OR Capellini (Angel Hair Pasta)
3 to 4 tablespoons Mentsuyu *OR use the sauce below
Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) *optional

1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Water
2/3 tablespoon (2 teaspoons) Mirin
1/8 teaspoon Dashi Powder

  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat Sesame Oil in a frying pan over medium heat, cook Pork, Garlic and additional Vegetables that require longer time to cook, such as Carrot. Lightly season with Salt & Pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, cook Somen (OR Capellini) until firmly cooked, and drain. *Note: I recommend to rinse Somen to remove starch, then drain well.
  4. Add Spring Onion and any Vegetables that can be cooked quickly to the frying pan, add the sauce and combine, then add drained Somen (OR Capellini) and mix to combine.
  5. Sprinkle with some Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) if you like it, and enjoy.