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Bulgogi-style Bacon with Asian Slaw over Ramen Noodle Cakes

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1/2 hour
Prep Method: Bake

3 oz.   package ramen noodles
1   egg
1/4   tsp. salt
16 oz.   Thick Sliced Cloverdale Bacon
4   cloves garlic, mashed into paste
1   tsp. finely grated ginger
1 1/2   tsp. sesame oil
1   Tbsp. soy sauce
1   Tbsp. light brown sugar, packed,
3   cups finely grated napa cabbage
1/2   cup slivered almonds, toasted
3/4   cup green onion, finely sliced (both white and green parts)
1 1/2   Tbsp. soy sauce
3   Tbsp. lime juice
2   Tbsp. honey
1 1/2   tsp. sesame oil
2   tsp. sriracha sauce (to taste)
1   ripe Bartlett pear
1   Tbsp. lemon juice
1   Tbsp. light brown sugar, packed

Ramen Cakes:
Boil ramen noodles (without added seasoning) for 3 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and let cool. In small bowl, beat egg with salt and add to cooled ramen noodles, tossing well. Grease six 3.5" ramekin bowls (or custard bowls) generously with sesame oil. Divide mixed ramen noodles between bowls, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Bulgogi-Style Bacon:
Cut bacon in half lengthwise and then into 1/2" dice. Mix together bacon, garlic (mashed into paste), ginger (about 1 1/2" length fresh ginger), sesame oil, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

Asian Slaw:
In medium bowl, mix together napa cabbage, slivered almonds, and green onion. In small bowl, mix together soy sauce, lime juice, honey, sesame oil, and sriracha sauce. Refrigerate bowls separately until ready to serve.

Cut pear into 1/4" dice (can substitute Asian pear for crispier texture). Toss pear with lemon juice and brown sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place ramekin bowls on sheet and bake for 20 minutes. While ramen noodles are baking, fry bacon in large skillet over medium heat, splitting bacon between two batches to ensure crispness. Bacon will resemble a hash when done.

Toss slaw with soy sauce/lime juice dressing. To assemble dish, place ramen noodle cake on plate and spoon slaw over top. Sprinkle diced pear over slaw, then top with bacon.

1 T. Sesame Seeds, toasted
Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped

Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro (optional). Serves 6 as a first course or side dish.