Delicious Asian noodle recipe anyone??
I love simple "Asian" noodle dishes. I mean LOVE. Take out noodles are great, but I would love to find a recipe I can make at home. I have tried 5 or 6 different recipes over the past few weeks, but they all have turned out disappointing.
Now, I know "Asian" is vague, but I am keeping it vague on purpose. I am just looking for an easy recipe that is quick and packs a punch (flavor and spice). Here is an idea of what I am working with: sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, tamarind, peanuts/butter, veggies, shrimp, chicken, (not a huge tofu fan). I have an Asian market by my house as well if there is something I am missing.
I hope you can help! Thank you thank you!
get yourself some sweet soy sauce or Kecap Manis. This stuff makes all the difference in stir frys for me. It is sweet, salty and sticky. When I add it to whatever is in my wok it really helps to caramelize it.
I finely mince (sometimes even mortar/pestle together) ginger, red chilis, garlic and shallots and throw that in my hot wok after oil. Let it get fragrant then add veggies and noodles and the kecap, probably some fish sauce too after tasting. Don't cook too much at one time and get your wok as hot as possible. I leave my items for a spell, to char, then move around.
My easiest noodle dish is:
-dark soy sauce
Combine with some sort of protein (I've cooked fish balls to add to the noodles or used hard boiled eggs... chicken would work too) and veggies on the side. Garnish with sesame seeds if you want to be fancy.
Quick and easy paraphrased from Williams-Sonoma's "California" cookbook:
2 Tb cooking oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cloves chopped garlic
2 Tb peeled and minced ginger
3 Tb dark sesame oil
2 Tb soy sauce
1 1/2 Tb balsamic
1 1/2 Tb sugar
2 tsp salt
1 lb thin fresh Chinese egg noodles (fresh udon works as well)
12 scallions sliced thinly
2 Tb toasted sesame seeds
1/2 C chopped cilantro
Warm oil add red pepper and cook for a few minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook for one minute. Let cool.
Whisk sesame oil with soy sauce, balsamic sugar and salt - add to ginger /garlic mixture
Cook noodles, drain and toss with dressing. Add scallions and let sit for 1 to 2 hours.
Add sesame seeds and cilantro just before serving.