Tag Archives: Asian Food

Open Sesame…Noodles that is!

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! This post has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day other than that’s when I’m writing it. Although now that I think about it, I will dedicate it to livestock animals, as this post is a recipe for a vegan dish.

Asian food is a favorite of mine and I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to recreate what I have eaten in restaurants…restaurants in China. Yes, I have been to Shanghi, China many years ago when I was working in the world of fashion. Truth be told I was terrified to go and not for the reasons one might think (there was no Corona Virus scare then either). It wasn’t fear of going thousands of miles away to a strange country by myself, it was a fear of starving. My co-workers had told me horrid stories of the food and how bad it was. I was told about monkey brains, snake and the like.

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Well, I didn’t see any monkey brains on the menu but I did see snake, duck tongue and noodles. Oh yes, the noodles that were oh so good! And everything I ate was delicious, I most certainly did not starve.

This is a quick recipe that tastes great and easy to make. You can add* protein to make it more a of complete meal or serve it as a side dish, either way it is sure to please. Another great thing about this dish is that it can be served warm or cold. I like mine room temperature.

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Ingredients:

1 lb noodles **see note

1/2 cup scallions or green onions, finely chopped, plus more for garnish

1 tbs sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

1/4 cup light soy sauce or tamari

2 tbs rice vinegar

2 tbs sesame oil

2 tsp freshly grated ginger or 1 tsp powdered

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tbs peanut butter

1 tbs light brown sugar

2 tsp sriracha  or chili paste (more or less to your taste)

1/2 red bell pepper, julienned

1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, julienned

Directions:

  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain when done cooking and rinse with cold water briefly to keep them from sticking together.
  2. While the noodles are cooking place the remainder of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl except the cucumbers and red peppers. Mix well with whisk.
  3. Once the noodles are drained, toss with sauce mixture until well coated.
  4. Serve with red peppers, cucumbers; sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

Serves 4 as main dish, 6 as side dish.

*Add-ins can be shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, edamame, tofu, shredded chicken, etc.

**You can use just about any type of noodle: egg noodles, spaghetti, rice noodles or ramen.

Peace and good eats!

Tastes Like Take Out Chow Mein

12 Oct

I’m always looking for new ideas for vegetarian meals that will be satisfying and that my husband will like…this is a great one! It is easy to make and you can be creative with the types of vegetables you use. I only suggest you stick with veggies that won’t get soggy (like squash and zucchini), I would stick with hardier types like string beans and peas.

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Ingredients:

4 medium carrots, sliced into 1/2″ pieces

3 ribs of celery, slices into 1/2″ pieces

5 or 6 large mushroom, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can mung bean sprouts

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbs vegetable oil

5 green onions, chopped (keep some aside for garnish)

3/4 cup vegetable broth

1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

1 Tbs corn starch

salt to taste

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Directions:

Mix vegetable broth, Bragg’s and corn starch; set aside.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, add onions and saute until transparent. Add carrots and celery; cook for about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until desired tenderness. Then add garlic and cook until fragrant, add mung bean sprouts and green onions, stir well. Add broth mixture and stir until well combined. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat as sauce thickens. Season with salt to taste.

Serve with rice and garnish with green onions…enjoy!

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*I like my vegetables to be tender so I boil the carrots and celery for a few minutes, you may or may not want to do this.

Rock’n Egg Rolls

28 Feb

Once again I decided to tackle something that seemed beyond my cooking skills, egg rolls. Frying is something that has always been scary to me, dangerous even. And guess what? So much easier than I imagined and super delicious!

I handed the plate to my husband and he reluctantly took a bite, looked up and said “Wow, I was skeptical but these are really, really good!” I can add the recipe to my list of keepers.

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These egg rolls are vegan but you can certainly added finely chopped cooked chicken or shrimp.

Ingredients:

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 to 3/4 head savoy cabbage (about 11 ounces), finely chopped

3 medium carrots, shredded

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

10 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp cooking oil + more for frying

1 Tbsp Chinese rice wine

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sesame oil

freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1/4 cup cool water

1 package of egg roll wrappers

Directions:

Heat a wok or large sauce pan over high heat. Add the 1 Tbsp cooking oil.

Add the cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and ginger and stir-fry for a minute or two then add garlic and cook until vegetables start to soften.

Add rice wine, soy sauce, sesame oil and salt and pepper. Continue to stir-fry for another minute.

Remove the filling and place on a baking sheet in a thin layer to cool. Raise one end of the tray to allow for the liquids to drain away from the filling.

Mix the cornstarch and water.

Fill the egg roll wrapper with a heaping Tbsp of vegetable mixture. Dip your finger in the cornstarch/water mixture and paint the edge of the wrapper, this will seal it. Roll the egg roll, making sure you roll it tightly.

Heat up about 1.5 inches of oil (I used vegetable oil) in a large fry pan. When the oil is hot enough, place the egg rolls in the hot oil carefully and fry in batches. Fry until golden brown about one minute each side.

When you remove the egg rolls place on a wire cooling rack over a baking sheet to let them drain.

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Serve with duck sauce and enjoy!

*Recipe courtesy of Detours in Life

 

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