Thursday, December 11, 2014

Spicy Vegetable Yakisoba

Earlier this week I posted about our Asian food market adventure and Slow Cooker Pork Ribs recipe. If you missed the blog, here's a short synopsis:

Amy and I had our first-ever Asian food market adventure over the weekend. We browsed through aisles devoted solely to soy sauce and other Asian ingredients, tanks full of live fish, clams and lobster, barrels of fresh vegetables I had never seen or heard of before, and... a whole refrigerator section of noodles!


We had decided on making pork ribs in the slow cooker with some Korean BBQ sauce we picked up, so when we saw the noodles we knew exactly what we were going to make as a side dish... YAKISOBA!


Yakisoba or Japanese fried noodles is a popular dish made by frying ramen-style noodles with bite-sized pieces of pork or chicken, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with a tangy, flavorful sauce.

Since we were already having meaty pork ribs, we decided on a Spicy Vegetable Yakisoba. Using a yakisoba recipe I found on allrecipes.com, we were able to create a spicy, flavorful, veggie-packed noodle dish. Warning - this dish is SPICY! If you are not a fan of heat, you might want to reduce the amount of chili paste.

Spicy Vegetable Yakisoba
based on a recipe from allrecipes.com
makes about 8 servings

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chili paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup snap peas
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced (we left this out)
2 cups bean sprouts
1 green onions, chopped
1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin or teriyaki sauce
16 oz. yakisoba noodles, cooked

Directions:
In a large skillet combine sesame oil, olive oil and chili paste; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add garlic and stir fry an additional 30 seconds.


Add the mushrooms, snap peas, carrots and cabbage. Stir-fry until brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.


Stir in the bean sprouts and green onion. Add soy sauce, hoisin (or teriyaki) sauce, and cooked noodles to pan and mix to blend. Stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes.


Serve warm and enjoy!


These spicy noodles are great with a cold beer... we paired our meal with a frosty Kirin Light!


We will definitely be making Spicy Vegetable Yakisoba again... so flavorful and comforting. Oh, and it re-heats GREAT!!! Good leftovers...

Enjoy!

- Janel



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