Some days I just have to eat noodles….and I can’t believe that I haven’t made/ eaten or posted more Chinese recipes here….possibly because it almost never even survives being photographed!! A few days ago, I came back home craving for the comfort that only noodles, or a hug from George Clooney can give me…..
I didn’t have beans or carrots, but whatever I had would do quite nicely for what I had in mind….. Vegetables in a spicy garlic sauce on a bed of boiled noodles…….
Don’t let the bad picture deter you. Its hunger married with night time picture taking…..This is comfort food… for the good times and the bad, for the rains and the shine, for sitting on the couch and vegetating or for when you really want to “eat something nice”.
Vegetables in Spicy Garlic Sauce on a bed of Noodles (serves 2)
Noodles, about 150 gms, cooked as per the instructions on the pack, plunged in cold water and drained and set aside.
2 c assorted vegetables (I used cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, tomatoes and button mushroom) cubed
2 T soya sauce
1 T Chinese red chilli sauce
1 T tomato ketchup
A pinch of freshly ground pepper
½ c onion, cubed
2 T chopped garlic
1 green chilly, chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 T corn flour dissolved in ½ c water
1 c hot water
2 T oil
Steam the cauliflower and carrot and beans (if using) for a couple of minutes with a little salt to be able to cook all veggies in the same time. In a heavy bottomed pan heat the oil, add the chopped garlic and fry till it begins to turn golden brown. Add the onions and green chillies and fry till the onions are translucent. Add the rest of the vegetables, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes till they begin to wilt. Add the water, soya sauce, chilli sauce and tomato ketchup and bring to a gentle boil. Check the salt (soya sauce is salted) adjust if required (I did not add additional salt). The vegetables at this stage are cooked, but still retain a nice crunch. Add the corn flour dissolved in water slowly, stirring continuously to prevent lumps. The sauce will begin to thicken at this stage. Turn off the heat. Serve into a bowl.
Make a small bundle of the noodles by twirling a large fork into it. serve it onto a plate / shallow bowl. Spoon over the vegetables in garlic sauce over it. dig in!!