Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Soft Noodles with Beansprouts

Sometimes I just cannot be bothered to cook. No energy, no desire, no inspiration, no enthusiasm. Problem is, this usually comes on without much warning, so I won't have even planned ahead and thought to take one of our frozen meals out to thaw. This is an issue.

It wouldn't be an issue if I wasn't Scottish, and I wasn't married to a Yorkshireman. If I was neither of these things, I would pick up the phone and order a takeaway and the problem would be solved. But I am Scottish and I am married to a Yorkshireman, which means we are somewhat careful strict tight fisted with our money and highly unlikely to order a takeaway that wasn't budgeted for in advance.

This is why I need recipes like these! I generally have most of the ingredients in the house anyway, or at least variations of them (I'll be honest, I don't always have beansprouts!), and from prep to plate it takes 10 minutes... and that's generally only because I'm so tired I'm on a go slow; it could take as few as 5!

Obviously you can add it whatever you like to make it a bit more exciting, or to pacify the meat eaters in the family (if you threw in some diced chicken thigh or beef strips in the first step that would be yummy), but sometimes all I really want is a big steaming bowl of noodles.

Soft Noodles with Beansprouts
Serves 2

300g egg noodles, precooked
1 onion, thinly sliced
100g bean sprouts
1 tblspn minced ginger
1 tblspn soy sauce
1 tspn sugar
1 tblspn rice vinegar
2 tblspn sesame oil for stir frying, or more as needed

1) Mix together the soy sauce, sugar and rice vinegar in a small bowl.

2) Heat a wok or high sided frying pan over a medium heat, add the sesame oil and allow to get very hot.

3) Add the ginger and onions and cook until the onions have softened and begun to colour.

4) Add in the noodles and soy sauce mixture and stir fry briefly until everything is well coated and the noodles are heated through.

5) Stir in the bean sprouts and cook for a minute or two until they just start to wilt.

Serve up immediately... and relax.

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