I realised I haven’t really been doing one pan meals, so here I am with an awesome, one pan glass noodles stir-fry recipe!
It is not just vegan, plus it’s gluten-free, and it’s a one pan meal! I bet you can
I also realise that I have been doing quite a number of stir-fry recipes, so I’m sorry if you don’t really like them, but I’m telling you, stir-fries are easy! Totally lazy people-friendly, which you know, is basically what this humble vegan blog is all about :p
Come on, anyone who has a kitchen should have a stove right? And perhaps a frying pan? So…anyone can kick up a stir-fry at home! Why go out and spend so much money on Asian food when you can make it healthy, easy, cheap, and delicious at home?!
Okay. Enough of me hard-selling Asian cuisine LOL.
Now I want to hard-sell glass noodles :p
Actually, if you’ve had glass noodles, you’ll get what’s so lovable about it (I hope!). It’s springy and it’s light, so it’s got a great mouthfeel (damn I feel like a food connoisseur now) and it doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating a heavy meal at all. The best part about it is…
It’s super duper easy to cook!
My issue with most noodle dishes, be it ramen or pasta, is that you need to boil the noodle first in a separate saucepan or something. So you kind of need two pans to cook a meal. I mean, it’s not thaaaaaaaat big of a deal, but it’s not lazy enough for me to want to do it that frequently, lol.
The great thing about glass noodles is you don’t have to do that step! You just need to soak it briefly (about 10 minutes) and you can just cook it right away in the same pan you have been cooking the other ingredients in!
PLUS, it’s very forgiving, in the sense that you are very unlikely to overcook the noodles. Unlike pasta, or even instant noodles! Hehe, I’m very particular about the firmness of my instant noodles. #instantnoodlessnob
Anyway, this glass noodles stir-fry recipe has spinach (I use the Chinese kind, but any kind would do!) and shiitake mushrooms in it, so it totally stands on it’s own as a complete meal. It also has garlic and toasted sesame oil, on top of the mandatory soy sauce heh, so you can be sure it’s going to be absolutely flavourful!
I made this with my Easiest Vegan Teriyaki Tofu recipe in the pictures, and OMG. THEY GO SO WELL TOGETHER! I highly recommend that you try them both at the same time. The texture and taste are so complementary, it was almost like I was eating in a restaurant lol. I kid you not.
WHY WOULD I LIE TO YOU!
Anyway, do give this a shot! As usual, no one responds here, but please let me know how it goes! I LOVE seeing your recreations so please tag me in your pictures on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or something!
Sesame Glass Noodles Stir-Fry With Vegetables
Soak 1 serving of glass noodles in a bowl of water, covering the noodles completely. They usually come in separate serving sizes, rolled into a ball of some sort.
Heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a frying pan over low heat. Meanwhile, mince two cloves of garlic.
When the frying pan is hot enough, throw in the minced garlic and fry. Meanwhile, rinse 4 medium shiitake mushrooms and slice it. Check the garlic periodically and make sure it doesn't burn.
When the garlic starts to brown, add the sliced shiitake mushrooms and fry on medium heat. Meanwhile, wash about 1 cup of spinach and chop (if necessary) roughly.
When the shiitake mushrooms are cooked, add in the spinach. Fry until the spinach is cooked.
Add a teaspoon of soy sauce first and mix it thoroughly in the pan.
Next, add the glass noodles and about 2-3 tablespoons of water as the glass noodles need some water to cook properly.
When the glass noodles have cooked (you will be able to tell, usually in about a minute), add in another teaspoon of soy sauce and mix thoroughly.
Turn off the heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil. Mix it in and give it a taste. Depending on your soy sauce brand it may/may not be salty enough. Add salt/soy sauce to taste if necessary.
Glass noodles take a short time to soak, usually 10 minutes is enough. It has soaked enough if its "bendy", for lack of a better word lol.
I add one teaspoon of soy sauce before putting in the glass noodles first because I want the shiitake mushrooms and spinach to have some taste. The glass noodles will suck up all the soy sauce if you add it all at the end, and your mushrooms and spinach may taste bland.