Quick and easy Asian stir-fried garlic sesame noodles and loaded with broccoli and carrots. A perfect meatless main or side dish!
Sometimes I like to spend all day in the kitchen. And sometimes I don’t. Like last night. We had a friend’s baby’s Baptism during the day and when we got home, I did NOT feel like spending all day in the kitchen. The Jets were on; the kids were playing with Nutmeg’s birthday presents (my baby turns 5 tomorrow!!!!). And so, 10-minute sesame noodles (and a cold beer…)
This is one of those easy, basic recipes that can be adjusted based on what you have in the fridge. I happened to have a big broccoli and a bag of fresh carrots. Zucchini, peppers, green beans, bok choy and a zillion others would do just fine as well. And both kids ate it (OK, Eclair reluctantly ate half a piece of broccoli, but that’s about a thousand times more broccoli than she usually eats.) Nutmeg picked through the bowl for the broccoli, eating every last piece.
And a note on the ingredients: this calls for kecap manis, or sweet soy sauce. Read more about it and find how you can make it at home in my post for Pad kee mao (drunken noodles).
- 1 14-oz. package cooked udon noodles
- 1 Tbsp. canola oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 5 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 medium carrots, julienned
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 tsp. sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
- 1 tsp. fish sauce
- 2 Tbsp. water
- Black sesame seeds, for garnish
- Greens from 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Sambal oelek or other spicy sauce (optional)
- Whisk together the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, fish sauce and water in a small bowl, Set aside.
- Heat the canola oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and a little water and cook for 3 minutes, until the broccoli is just tender. Transfer to a bowl.
- Return wok to stove and add the sesame oil. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the carrots and cook for 1 minute. Add the noodles, broccoli and sauce and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions. Stir in sambal oelek or other hot sauce, if desired.