- 3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 pound spaghettini
- 3/4 pound Chinese cabbage, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 pound firm tofu, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1/3 pound pork loin chop, cut into 1/8-inch slices about 1/2 inch wide and 1 1/2 inches long
- 3 scallions including green tops, sliced
- In a medium stainless-steel saucepan, combine the broth, soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, and salt. Bring just to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the spaghettini until almost done, about 8 minutes. Drain. Return the pasta to the pot.
- Add the hot ginger broth to the pasta along with the cabbage and tofu. Bring back to a simmer and cook for 1 minute. Add the pork and scallions. Remove from the heat and let sit until the pork is just done, about 1 minute.
Mirin Substitute In place of mirin, a sweet low-alcohol Japanese cooking wine, you can use 3 tablespoons sweet sherry, or 3 tablespoons dry sherry plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.
With an assertive dish like this, the wine should have plenty of acidity and very little delicacy. A California sparkling wine or a Vouvray (made from Chenin Blanc grapes) would be best.