Spicy Garlic Noodles is a delicious Asian recipe served as a Main Course,either by itself or with a side dish of veggies or tofu. These noodles, found in most Indo-Chinese restaurants in India, is a sure shot recipe for all those who miss that flavor in the US!
This spicy and garlicy dish will not only be good for dinners, but also make a great lunch box and picnic basket meal. A quick and simple meal that you can prepare in a jiffy.
1 packet of dried noodles( I used round noodles from an Asian store)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups assorted vegetables(carrot, mushroom, French beans, colorful cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, baby corn, bell pepper)
1 cup spring onion greens and onions
¼ cup bean sprouts
½ cup tofu
Soy sauce, vinegar
Sriracha hot garlic sauce
Heat water in a large saucepan. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Once the water is boiling, add the noodles. Cook the noodles till they are al dante or just done. Over cooked noodles will become mushy when prepared. Drain the noodles and put them in a saucepan. Sprinkle little oil on them and mix well, to ensure they do not stick.
Cut all the vegetables into thin slices. This is because the thin slices will blend well with the long noodles. Boil water in a pan( I used the same water that I boiled noodles in) and blanch baby corn, broccoli and cauliflower followed by French beans and carrots.
Take a wok or thick bottom saucepan that is wide enough. Add oil to it and heat the oil. Chinese cooking is always done on high flame for a short time, so ensure that the oil is hot enough. To the regular oil, I added a little bit of chilli sesame oil. This mixture has the perfect flavor of chilli without the overpowering taste of sesame oil. Once the oil fumes, add garlic, bell peppers and onion whites to the oil and sauté. At this stage also put in a spoonful of Sriracha garlic sauce. Then put in the blanched vegetables and cabbage. Also, put the tofu slices and bean sprouts and stir fry.
Now add the boiled noodles, vinegar,soy sauce and salt if necessary. Mix well and turn down the flame. It is now time to add in the spring onion greens. Mix and serve hot!
This dish does not really need any entree by it's side, as it is hot and flavorful by itself. Just make sure to have a lemonade by your side incase the heat is too much to handle!
Make a complete meal by serving noodles with Vegetable Fried Rice.