These noodles are fast fast fast. Blink and they’ve cooked themselves.
They’re the perfect remedy if you’re feeling a little delicate (read hungover) and not up to cooking anything complicated, plus they’re packed with vegetables so they’re not that bad for you either. And I’ve heard from some reliable sources that they make an excellent breakfast alternative with a runny fried egg on top…
But best of all, they are extremely versatile – you can use up whatever vegetables you have in the fridge and I promise these will still be absolutely fantastic.
To make enough for 2 you will need:
- 150g dried egg noodles, fine or medium – I like these ones
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons pure sesame oil
- 1 tabslespoon mirin
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 2cm piece of ginger, grated
- juice of 1 lime
- 50g cubed pancetta
- 1/2 head broccoli
- 1 whole chinese leaf cabbage
- 1 large handful green beans
- 1 large handful mange tout
- black sesame seeds, to garnish
The recipe couldn’t be simpler. Fry the pancetta in a small pan until browned and crispy, and put to one side. Roughly chop the chinese leaf into wide ribbons and remove all of the florets from the brocoli head, chopping any larger florets into bite size (or chop-stick size) pieces. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil and, once simmering, add the dried noodles and broccoli florets. Put the lid on and leave for 1 minute. Then add the green beans, mange tout and chinese leaf, and put the lid back on and leave for a further 2 minutes. (Yep that’s a total cooking time of 3 minutes – told you it was quick!) Whilst the noodles and veg are simmering, add all of the dressing ingredients to a large serving bowl (soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, fish sauce, chilli flakes, lime juice, grated garlic and ginger) and mix well in the bottom of the bowl. Once the three minutes is up, drain the noodles and veg, pour the pancetta on top and toss thoroughly in the delicious dressing. Finish with black sesame seeds and serve with extra chilli flakes and soy sauce, to taste.
You’ll never reach for a pot noodle again…. (!)