Comforting and cozy, healthy and easy, what these noodles lack in authenticity they make up for in pure simple deliciousness. An "unrecipe" really, I go back to this time and again for a quick lunch, or for a dinner with added protein like crispy tofu, sautéed ground turkey or pork with soy sauce and chili. The key to this recipe is using tahini, which I always have in my cupboard, instead of the traditional mix of Chinese style sesame paste and a myriad of other ingredients.
- 2 cups of sliced crunchy vegetables bokchoy, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, brussel sprouts, snap peas
- 2 handfuls of rice noodles about 1/2 a pack any shape will work, or you can use pretty much any noodle you have, even spaghetti
- 1-2 tbsp organic tahini
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or gluten free tamari
- Optional: sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, crispy tofu or sautéed ground pork or turkey
Bring a pot of water to boil, and add a pinch of salt once boiling. Thinly slice your vegetables of choice, 1-2 different types work well. Heat a pan over high heat, add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté your veggies until just cooked (softened with a little bite) in the last seconds of cooking add the tbsp of soy sauce (or just a few splashes, I don't really measure) and mix. Remove from the heat and add to a large bowl.
While the vegetables are cooking, add the rice noodles to the boiling water, stir often especially right as they go into the pot, to avoid sticking, and cook until tender. The noodle should have a gentle bite but no hardness at the center. Strain and rinse off the extra starch, shake to get most of the water off (no need to be completely dry) and add to the cooked vegetables.
Start by adding 1 tbsp of tahini, or eyeball some on top, and mix the whole thing, it'll be a little sticky, if too sticky add a splash of water. A light creamy sauce should form. This is the unrecipe part, as you'll want to add a little more tahini if necessary until everything is coated, but not heavy with sauce. Taste and add a little more soy sauce if you think it needs it.
Feel free to eat right away, or pack away for lunches, this also works well as a side dish, and can be eaten cold or room temp.