Friday, July 25, 2014

Stir fried Noodles

It was a lazy kind of afternoon, finally teen and I were bumming around in the living room, watching an old movie (read boring). Finally teen wanted to make something and I was too lazy to step out of the living room. I had planned a simple sandwich for lunch but finally teen had a different plan. She wanted to make chow mein, I prefer juicy, moist noodles and am not particularly fond of chow mein. Can’t believe am saying that, I almost survived on chow mein when I was doing my post graduation. None of us had money to eat anything else, it was the cheapest dish on the menu.  

Coming back to today,  chow mein was ruled out and I was really not in the mood to browse for recipes, so we improvised and the result was lip smacking. We stir fried the veggies and added ginger and galangal for flavor. This is the first time I am using galangal. It looks like ginger and is a rhizome like ginger but the taste and texture is very different. It is a tough root and hard to cut, the flavor is a mix of citrus and lemon grass. I just loved the flavor. It is  a seasonal produce so I am planning to pickle it in vinegar. I might even do a post on it. The noodles were lapped up in no time. 

It’s almost August and I am so not ready for fall, I am still holding on to summer, to start with we had a late summer and looks like an early onset of fall. The tomatoes are still green and  my impatiences are still kind of tiny.  On the other hand my herbs are doing so well.  I think I should use them up before the first frost burns it all. If you have a post on how to preserve herbs for winter, please share it, thanks! I am looking forward to warm slurpee soups :) If noodles is your thing, you are going to love the curried noodles

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Handful chow mein udon noodles
1/2 red bell pepper cut in thin strips
1/2 green peppers cut in thin strips
snap peas cut in strips too
red onion cut in square chunks
red sweet chili cut in circle
green onions 2-3
firm tofu cut in squares
1 tbsp chopped ginger
11/2 tbsp chopped galangal

1 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
1 tbsp sweet and sour sauce
2 tbsp peanut sauce
3-4 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp milk powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 dried red chili
2-3 tbsp of toasted peanuts.
salt to taste

Boil water and cook the noodle according to package instructions. Keep aside.

In a pan roast tofu, till golden brown on all sides.

Heat vegetable oil in a wok, add the red onions, bell peppers and other veggies and sauté, add the ginger and galangal and toss with salt, chili garlic sauce, sweet and sour sauce, peanut sauce and soy sauce. Add sesame oil. Add the roasted tofu.

Mix corn flour, brown sugar and milk powder add water and make a paste, add it to the veggie mix and add the noodles, flame is on high during this whole process, toss and turn off the heat.

Serve hot.

Most of the cooking was done by finally teen - I was just the sous chef .

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#StirFriedNoodles #AsianNoodles #CurryNoodles #NoodlesRecipe #Recipe
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  1. Loved the Noodles, click and pattern of display. Excellent lighting. Bravo!

  2. love the simple and tasty noodles.. what a shot esp ginger one.. love it

  3. Those look great! Love the Asian inspired flavors in here. :)

  4. loved the pics too much,Simi..noodles looks delicious too :)

  5. I would take this over chow mein in a New York minute. I have been craving this kind of food----noodles---for a couple of months now. I salivated looking at the photos. Sounds gross, but is was a sincere reaction. Smiles----

  6. I love Lo Mein / Chow Mein. Its true that the temp is going down here too and its getting into 60's. My beans just started to spread and tomatoes are still green. Hope hot weather will last till September end.

    I bring the herbs like Oregano, Rosemary, basil and curry leaves pots inside by the mid of September. I had noticed that all the herbs (Italian) which thrive in the summer in the pots dies indoor after January. So this time I am planning to cut the basil stem from the top and have it grow in water and develop some roots and plant them in a pot indoor which might survive. The current plant of basil I have is grown that way during winter and it is doing good outside in the pot. I am pretty sure this will work for rosemary too. But oregano being too tiny, not sure this method will work. Here is the link for growing basil:

  7. This dish look like it could jump off the plate. Gorgeous. Love all the veggies too. Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. I'm always looking to learn about herbs and spices from other cuisines. Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned!

  8. Noodles looks super inviting. Wish you get a bowl of it now :). Big fan of the way you use lighting in your photos.

  9. Really i have become a big fan of your cooking and photography !!! :)


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