|Easy Asian Noodles
It's so easy - and delightful - and frugal - and vegan : )
It uses a kind of noodles that some people refer to as "real" Ramen - not to be confused with Instant Ramen that college students are known to live on!
I identify these noodles more by how they look in the package than by any writing outside the package - and by the ingredients. Wheat Flour. Water. Salt. (and sometimes Sodium Carbonate). That's all! When you look at the noodles, they're flat instead of curly, and are dried in a sort of "fan" shape.
|These are the noodles you're looking for - notice they're not curly and have a characteristic fan shape fold.
"Instant Ramen" in contrast is often packed with chemicals and is usually deep fried before its dried and packaged. They're curly noodles. They're not what you want!
My usual brands are Wei-Chuan Guan Miao Ramen Noodles, made in Taiwan
|This is a good brand
or Yih Noodles by Fu Cheng Noodle Mill/Qiao Wei Food Co. - Also from Taiwan.
|This is another good brand.
So, this is how you prepare this amazing - and amazingly easy dish.
Easy Asian Noodles
Fill a pot of water
Add to the water your favorite veggies with an Asian theme (authenticity is up to you). I use what I have on hand, selecting from the following: Broccoli, Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Baby Corn, Bok Choy, Water Chestnuts . . . well - you get the idea.
While you're waiting for the boil, make the sauce:
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Sherry or other Dry Wine (whatever you've got on hand!)
1 Tablespoon Dark Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Ginger Paste
2 teaspoon Minced Garlic
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
When the water boils (if you like your veggies more tender, let them boil till they're how you like them before adding the noodles), add the noodles to the water and vegetables and boil 3 minutes, till done.
Toss with sauce.
Place into bowls.
Top with Sriracha and your Choice of Peanuts or Cashews, if desired.
Tip for dining with Omnivores: This dish can also be topped with a sliced boiled egg, or with some sliced beef, pork, or chicken. If you have leftover meat from a recent Asian meal just slice it and toss it on top : )
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