When cold weather is just dragging on, the urge for warm comfort food is strong. Luckily, these Asian noodle recipes are comforting without feeling heavy. Better yet, they call for common ingredients you probably already have on hand.
1. Thai Peanut Tempeh
Just 8 ingredients and about 20 minutes is all you need. Keep a spare bottle of San-J Thai Peanut Sauce on hand so you can whip this up on a whim after a busy day. Combining Thai Peanut with toasted sesame oil adds an even deeper flavor to this dish, but in a pinch, any oil you have on hand will do – such as grapeseed oil, olive oil, or peanut oil. If you’ve never cooked with tempeh before, this is an easy introduction to give it a shot! You’ll want some sturdy noodles for this meal, which is why we suggest linguine. Udon noodles would also work well. We love this with mushrooms and snow peas, but you can get creative with your combinations.
2. Thai Noodles with Spring Vegetables
This ingredient list is a little longer, but well worth it. After stir-frying carrots and broccoli, add a few key ingredients into the skillet which you’ll vow to always keep stocked once you try this: San-J Tamari Soy Sauce, honey, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar. Then you’ll add the noodles, tomatoes, and edamame to combine the flavors, topping it all off with sesame seeds.
3. Salmon Teriyaki Noodles
The best part of this recipe is the option to make a simple teriyaki sauce from scratch, or to use San-J Teriyaki Sauce to cut back on your grocery list. Assuming you already have a stocked pantry of Teriyaki Sauce, rice noodles, salt, and pepper, your grocery list will only be 2 fresh items: salmon and green onions.
4. Japanese Noodle Soup
Fresh ginger root, garlic clove, green onion bulbs, and shiitake mushrooms are sauteed before adding vegetable stock, creating a flavorful, aromatic broth. Then comes the San-J Tamari Soy Sauce and red miso paste for umami, rounding out a full flavor. We suggest using homemade broth. If you’re not already on this train, read our article to learn how to make your own stock! Take your pick of noodles, either udon or rice noodles being our top choices. We like to serve it with fresh spinach shredded carrot, and green onion. This aromatic miso broth keeps well in the fridge, so make extra ahead of time for a quick soup!
5. Mongolian Shiitake Noodles
This meal takes less than 10 ingredients, and is as simple as combining all ingredients into a large skillet – after first cooking the noodles separately. Experiment with the versatility of veggies you already have in the fridge. The star of this dish is San-J’s Mongolian Sauce, keeping your cook-time and ingredient list to a minimum!
6. Vietnamese Noodle Bowls
This list of simple noodle dishes would not be complete without Vietnamese Noodle Bowls. The ingredient list and process may look intimidating, but think of it as this simplified template:
- Your choice of protein cooked in any San-J Asian Cooking Sauce
- A dipping sauce of sugar, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, chili paste
- Rice noodles and an assortment of fresh veggies and herbs
- Top it all off with chopped peanuts and a lime wedge
With those simple steps in mind, you’re ready to impress! If you’re ready to take it even further, read our article, A Springtime Guide to Growing Asian Vegetables.