Ever feel like you are in a sort of food rut? Making the same thing over and over? Go-to meals are excellent time savers but it’s equally amazing to try something different, especially if the basic effort is about the same. Just changing the type of noodle can inspire a whole new direction for flavors and ingredients. Here I use Japanese udon noodles to inspire a dish full of veggies and spice in just about the same time it’d take to make plain old spaghetti.
Udon Noodles with spicy garlic sauce and veggies
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup sesame oil
1 Tablespoon chili garlic sauce (available in Asian markets and the specialty aisle of most grocery stores)
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
Mix these ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
Start boiling the water for the udon noodles.
Add the noodles and cook according to the package.
Prepare you favorite stir fry vegetables. I used…
sugar snap peas
and firm tofu.
Chop these as you like and cook in vegetable oil over high heat. Stir in a bit of vegetable broth to loosen up the mix and add a dash of mirin to sweeten things up.
Drain the noodles, and toss back into the cooking pot, stir in the cooked vegetables and mix in the sauce. Serve warm.