stir-fry pork with napa cabbage & shiitake mushrooms


1½ cups (1 oz.) dried shiitake mushrooms or you could use fresh
1 pound thick Chinese noodles such as chow mein
2 teaspoons salad oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound boned pork loin, cut into matchstick-size slivers
   (as pork loin is often sold in a 2 lb. package, cut in half and freeze one half)

4 cups Napa cabbage cut in slivers

3 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon molasses (or ¼ cup mushroom soy sauce)
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon white pepper
¼ cup thinly sliced green onions


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  1. Soak dried mushrooms in hot water until soft, about 15 minutes. Squeeze dry.  Cut mushroom caps into ¼-inch-wide strips.
  2. In a 5-to 6-quart pan, bring 3 quarts water to a boil over high heat. Add noodles and cook until barely tender to bite, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add salad oil.   Add garlic and pork; stir-fry until pork is lightly browned, about 4 minutes.  
  4. Add cabbage and stir just until it begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add noodles, mushrooms, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and pepper. Stir until noodles are hot, about 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle with green onions.