“Ménage à Millennium”

Part One (Leia):

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy saucemenage
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • A large seedless English cucumber

Combine everything but the cucumber in a large bowl with a whisk. Peel the cucumber, cut off the stems, and cut it into 2″ long julienned strips. Add to the vinegar mixture and combine well. Let it stand.

Part Two (Luke):

  • 6 ounces chow mein stir-fry noodles (chuka sobaspaghetti will work as well)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Prepare the noodles in a 4-quart pot as directed. Drain and place back in the pot. Combine with the oil and soy sauce; cover and set aside.

Part Three (Han):

  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon aji-mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon crushed ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray. Fry the pork and scallions over high heat until the pink is gone. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a 1-cup glass measure well. Add to the meat and boil 1 minute, mixing till well combined.

To Serve:

Divide the pasta between 3 bowls or plates. Top with the meat mixture. Stir the cucumber mixture and add to the plate. For an optional garnish, you can sprinkle it all with some black sesame seeds (1 tablespoon should do it) and serve. Cover and chill leftovers. Serves 3.