Looking for a recipe that is packed full of nutrients and easy to make? Well we’ve got you covered. This Vegetarian Asian Noodle dish is just the ticket. It can be served cold or hot and is a great way to incorporate more veggies into your diet.
I have always been a huge fan of Asian cuisine. And living in Vail has proved challenging when it comes to finding tasty Asian dishes. And while this recipe is not authentic by definiition, it does satisfy my noodle craving. So, let’s get started,
What You’ll Need:
4 oz. lo mein noodles or cooked spaghetti
1 red pepper
½ medium sized sweet onion
1 small – medium sized carrot
4 or 5 slices of jalapeno
½ pack of super firm tofu
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Teaspoon crush garlic
½ Tablespoon of diced chives
red pepper flakes – to taste
salt and pepper – to taste
- Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Julienne or thinly slice your red pepper, onion, and carrots. Set aside.
- Drain off all liquid from your tofu. Wrap the tofu in paper towel to get out an excess moisture. By removing as much moisture as possible, you will be able to get a crispier, better tasting tofu.
- Coat a medium sized sauté pan with some olive oil over medium / high heat.
- Once all of the moisture is removed from the tofu, cut it into evenly sized cubes and place in the sauté pan. Pan fry every side of the tofu cubes until they are lightly brown.
- While the tofu is frying, you can prepare your Asian dressing. Simply whisk all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and set it aside.
- Once evenly fried, remove the tofu cubes from the pan and let them cool.
- For this next step, I used the same pan as I used for the tofu cubes, but you can get out a new pan if you prefer.
- Next, you’re going to want to add the onions, red pepper, carrots, and noodles to the sauté pan. Allowing the veggies to soften up a bit.
- Pour the Asian dressing in the pan. Mix well.
- Cook over medium / high heat for 5 minutes.
Once the veggies are semi- soft, you can turn off the heat and begin building your noodle bowls. I like to top mine with the tofu, jalapeno slices, sesame seeds, and lime, but you can add any toppings that you prefer.
Serve hot or cold, either way this dish is delicious.
Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh
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