Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet Chili Noodles

I love making stir-fried noodles loaded with vegetables and covered in delicious, tasty sauce. I have experimented with many combinations of ingredients to make sauces that are sweet, spicy or salty, with different noodle shapes and various vegetables.

This dish is sweet and slightly spicy, loaded with delicate but filling vegetables. Even though this is an Asian-style dish, I used whole wheat spaghetti pasta - simply because that's what I had on hand. Udon, rice, egg or any other grain-noodle would work well.

I first came across sweet chili sauce as a topping for plain grilled tofu from the prepared foods area of Whole Foods Market. It tastes exactly how it is named: slightly spicy but mostly sweet with a bright red color and thick texture. I get it in a bottle at Whole Foods Market, and it will definitely be at any Asian food store or maybe even the supermarket (be sure to watch out for funky ingredients). I would love to one day make my own sweet chili sauce!

The leftovers for this, I imagine, would be delicious eaten cold. I don't know for sure though because we didn't have leftovers :)

Sweet Chili Noodles
  • 12-14 ounces noodles
  • 4 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 6-8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  • Sriracha hot sauce for garnish
Cook the noodles according to the package directions and drain.

Combine the liquid aminos, sesame oil, chili sauce, garlic and ginger in a small bowl with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously until well combined. Toss with the noodles in a large bowl and set aside.

Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook for about five minutes or so. Add in the cabbage and balsamic vinegar, stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, then add in the mushrooms and peas. Continue cooking and stirring until the vegetables are cooked to your liking, an additional 2-10 minutes depending on how crunchy you like things.

Pour the vegetables over the top of the noodles and add in the minced parsley. Toss to combine everything together and serve with Sriracha if you'd like more heat.

1 comment:

  1. Yumm, can have this noodles anytime,simply delicious.