A soft flatbread pocket stuffed with spicy Asian pork meatballs, slippery somen noodles, korean chili paste, and fresh chopped mint leaves. I can’t think of anything I’d rather have for lunch on a cold, snowy Chicago day!
I know what you must be thinking. A noodle sandwich? Yes, the Asian Pork Meatball Sandwich at Belly Shack is pretty much the antithesis of what the Atkin’s diet would suggest you eat. But this scrumptious concoction is worth every delicious, carb-filled bite.
The meatballs are huge, tender, and delectably spiced with notes of ginger, cilantro, lemongrass, and sweet chili. The noodles are soaked in a spicy chili paste, adding the nice slippery texture that works so well when spaghetti and meatballs are combined. And the mint leaves provide the perfect antidote to the chili, cooling things down so you can still taste the flavor without it overpowering everything else.
This big mess of delicious flavors and textures is stuffed into a big, yummy, soft pita-like bun that is strong enough to keep in the ingredients, soft enough to make the sandwich very easy (arguably too easy!!) to eat, and thin enough to allow the eater to enjoy the distinct textures inside.
Celebrity Chef Bill Kim’s recipe for these incredible meatballs can actually be found online. Now, if only he would tell me where to find those delicious buns.