Nothing ticks my comfort food box like an easy Asian vegetable stir fry with noodles. Tender vegetables and al-dente noodles covered with just the right amount of thick tasty tangy sauce…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. A super-satisfying and vegan easy weeknight dinner dish.
The best thing about this easy Asian vegetable
I used regular wheat noodles in this recipe but you can use whichever type you prefer. I do advise using thinner noodles, even though I love me some udon noodles, as thicker ones will overwhelm the thinly sliced vegetables. Having said that, I guess you could always chop the veggies into bigger chunks and udon away…
Everything moves quite quickly in this recipe and dinner should be on the table in less than thirty minutes, depending on your chopping skills. Noodles normally taste awesome the day after, but this is one recipe I don’t recommend leaving in the fridge, as without the large amounts of oil common to most noodle recipes, the noodles will absorb most of the sauce and you’ll end up with a congealed noodle-cake.
I don’t love very oily noodles, a staple of most Chinese restaurants in Spain, unfortunately. But if you’d like to batch cook the noodles or make enough for lunch the next day, then up the oil count to your tastes (I’ll pass!).
Makes two large main servings (or two regular sized portions and two kiddy-sized portions) and should be served piping hot and sizzling with chopped scallions scattered over
- 2 onions
- 2 sticks celery
- 3 carrots
- 1 red pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 2 handfuls green beans or snow peas
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 handfuls beansprouts
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp sugar
- ½ cup water, divided, 1/4 and 1/4 cup
- 6 tbsp soy sauce, preferably low-sodium
- ¼ tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, optional
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 -1 tsp tabasco or hot sauce
- 1/2 inch grated ginger
- 2 crushed cloves garlic
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- scallions for topping, Chopped or thinly sliced
- 200 g noodles of choice
- Peel the onion and slice in half through the two root ends, then slice finely from root to root to produce long thin strips of onion. Slice the celery into half moons, the carrots on the slant, and the peppers into thin strips (I then like to cut the pepper strips into three equal lengths). Chop the asparagus and green beans into similar lengths to the pepper strips. If using snow peas, leave whole.
- Heat the oil on a high heat in a wok or a large non-stick frying pan. When the oil is sizzling hot, add in the onions, celery, carrots, peppers and green beans/snow peas. Stir-fry for five minutes.
- While the vegetables are cooking, put some water on to boil for the noodles. Mix up the lemon juice and sugar and 1/4 cup of the water, and zap in the microwave in 30 second increments, until the sugar dissolves upon stirring. Then add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, sweet chili sauce (if using), white pepper, Tabasco or Sriracha, ginger and garlic.
- Add the beansprouts to the vegetables and mix well. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup water into the cornstarch a little at a time (to avoid clumping) until completely combined, then add the cornstarch mixture to the soy mixture from the previous step.
- After the beansprouts have been cooking for two minutes, add in the sauce and turn up the heat. Cook for at least three minutes, stirring often until the sauce has thickened and the cornflour taste has cooked out.
- Cook the noodles according to the package instructions, rinse and add into the stir-fried vegetables and sauce, mixing well to make sure the noodles are well-coated. Serve immediately topped with chopped scallions.
Check the vegetables are done to your liking before adding in the sauce. The carrots take the longest to cook so you can normally judge the rest of the vegetables by testing them. Personally I like the carrots to have some bite, but if you prefer your vegetables more cooked, continue to cook for up to five minutes before adding the sauce.
Amount Per Serving Calories 479 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 2826mg Carbohydrates 85g Fiber 12g Sugar 27g Protein 18g