Hoisin-glazed Australian Lamb Shoulder Chops with Stir-fry Noodles
8 Australian Lamb shoulder chops, trimmed
2-3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
1-2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1⁄4 cup dry sherry or rice wine
1⁄4 cup orange juice
1⁄4 cup stock or water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon peanut or vegetable oil
1 7-ounce package rice noodles (see tip below)
8 stalks asparagus, ends trimmed and sliced
1⁄2 pound snap peas or preferred vegetables
1. Soak the noodles according to directions on packet, drain and rinse well. Set aside.
2. Brush the lamb generously with the Hoisin sauce. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan large enough to hold the chops in a single layer, on medium-high. Add the chops and cook for 2 minutes each side to brown. Add the sauce ingredients, reduce the heat to low and simmer the chops, turning regularly, for about 8-10 minutes or until cooked as preferred. Add additional stock or sherry if sauce becomes too thick.
3. While chops are cooking, add the oil to a wok or nonstick frying pan over high heat, and stir-fry the asparagus and peas for 1-2 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add the noodles and stir-fry just to heat through.
Transfer stir-fry immediately to warm plates, top with the lamb and spoon over the sauce.
TIP: Cellophane noodles (also called bean threads) are fine, translucent threads made from mung beans. When soaked they become shiny and slippery and have a slightly sweet fresh flavor. They are enjoyed throughout Asia for their ability to absorb the flavors of other foods. You could also use rice noodles or even pasta in this dish, but cellophane will carry the flavors the best.
Pairs Well With
The mild flavor and lean, tender quality of Australian Lamb lends itself wonderfully to all kinds of Asian meals. In this dish, the sweet and salty Hoisin sauce is complemented by the light, fresh noodle stir-fry — the perfect quick, healthy evening meal, where flavor is not sacrificed. Try with a little cilantro over the top for a fresh change.