I’ve made Asian inspired noodles before. I was so proud of myself for finding a satisfying Asian-inspired meal that I didn’t have to order from a take-out menu. The pad thai-esque dish was delicious and really only required ingredients that I already had in my pantry.
With this ease of execution in mind, I went round two with Asian inspired noodles last Tuesday when I got home from class. I’m usually starving when I get home after a 13 hour day and don’t have the energy to make something that takes longer than 15 minutes, so this was perfect. The only thing I had to cook was the pasta, and while that was boiling, I whisked together the sauce, then tossed it all together and was happy and full within half an hour. Perfect Tuesday night.
Asian Sesame Noodles
1 Box Angel Hair Pasta
¼ cups Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Seasoned Rice Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
2-3 Tablespoons Canola Oil (this doesn’t add flavor, just volume, so if you think you need more liquid, add more Canola oil. You can also add hot water. See next ingredient)
2 Tablespoons Hot Water (From the pasta water)
Whisk all ingredients (except noodles and cilantro) together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed. For instance, I thought it needed more soy sauce, because I love soy sauce, but that will depend entirely on your taste buds. I also thought that 4 cloves of raw garlic was a lot, and while I did use that amount this time, next time I would cut it down to 3, probably even 2 cloves. The raw garlic packs a punch, and I had garlic induced nightmares all night long. When the pasta is done, drain and add the pasta to the sauce. Toss with tongs well, until all the sauce is soaked into the noodles. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro (again, to taste. I used a lot because, like soy sauce, I love cilantro) and toss to combine. The original recipe calls for green onions, which I’m sure would be delicious, but chopping onions was a little too much work for me that night. I need simple on Tuesdays. I can’t be bothered with chopping.
By the way, can we talk about Sesame Oil for a second? What a revelation! It’s nutty and rich and smells like peanut butter but with class. I was blown away by the flavor it imparted. Now that I have some, I will look for any and all recipes that include it.
Like I said before, this was the epitome of Quick and Easy yet delicious cooking. The sauce is simply whisked together, and because Angel Hair pasta really only needs about 5 minutes to cook, this entire meal can be prepped, cooked, and served in less than 15 minutes. Sometimes, I want something that’s involved and has many steps. Tuesday nights are not those times. This was the perfect Tuesday night meal.