Singapore noodles *vegetarian

There is nothing more satisfying than tucking into a bowl of noodles… who’s with me?

A really quick + easy weeknight dinner, full of deliciousness! Most of the ingredients in this dish you would typically have on hand – so you can make spare of the moment.

If you don’t have kai lan, you can swap out for snow peas, or any asian green.

serves 4

ingredients

125g rice vermicelli
375ml vegetable stock
300g frozen vegetarian chicken pieces *gluten free
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 brown onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves finely diced
1 tsp grated ginger
2 carrots, cut into thin batons
small yellow pepper, cut into strips
3-4 pieces kai lan, cut into batons (same length as the carrots) + leaves
2 tbsp mild curry powder
2 tbsp organic tamari
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup unsalted, roasted cashews

fresh coriander

method

Pour the vegetable stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Add the vermicelli, stir through. Cover and leave (stirring occasionally) to soak.

Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a frypan, over medium – high heat. Cook the onion until translucent. Add the garlic + ginger. Stir through.

Add the remaining sesame oil to the frypan. Add the vegetarian chicken, carrots, yellow pepper, kai lan stalks + curry powder. Cook until the vegetables are slightly tender (but still firm).

Add tamari, green onions, soaked noodles, kai lan leaves + toss to combine. Cook + stir until noodles are coated. Sprinkle with cashews.

Serve in noodle bowls with chopsticks.

Scatter with fresh coriander.

San choy bow (vegetarian)

I have made this dish a couple of times now and am feeling it is ready to share with you, because I am really happy with the flavour! It is such a cracking little meal… light, healthy + a great share plate!

You can really add what veggies you like to the mince, I’ve used onion, carrot + kale in my recipe – but you could try mushrooms, cabbage, water chestnuts etc.

A perfect appetiser, or main meal.

serves 4 

ingredients

  • 1 1/4 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 + 1/2 tbsp organic tamari
  • 1 tsp chilli + garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rice bran oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 400g plant based mince
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 3 pieces of kale shredded
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil *foodgrade
  • 1 baby cos lettuce washed + leaves separated
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • bean shoots
  • fresh chilli
  • lime wedges
  • sour cream (vegetarian) 

Make the sauce first. Combine the cornflour + water in a small bowl to make a smooth paste. Add the tamari, chilli + garlic sauce, sesame oil + rice wine vinegar. Stir until combined + set aside.

Heat the rice bran oil over a medium heat in a deep frypan. Saute the onion + garlic until translucent. Add the mince, continue to fry + break up the mince. Cook for five minutes. 

Add the carrot to the frypan, stir through + cook until the carrots soften a little. Add the kale.

Lastly, add the sauce and ginger essential oil and stir through.

Serve the mince in lettuce leaves. Top with spring onions, bean shoots, fresh chilli/chilli sauce + dollops of sour cream … lime wedges on the side!

 

Char Kway Teow (Vegetarian)

I’ve been cooking up a lot of Asian dishes of late – I can’t seem to get enough… and timely, considering our impending trip to Indonesia.

Today, I share with you, one of the most epic noodle dishes in the world… from the streets of Malaysia. Big smoky flavours, with contrasting textures – cooked over a high heat, and whipped up in next to no time.

This is my most favourite Asian dish (Pad Thai a close second), and it simply has to be made with fresh rice noodles.

ingredients

sesame oil
chilli paste *I used homemade
1/2 brown onion sliced
1 garlic clove finely diced
1 tsp grated ginger
4 pieces kai lan * cut stems into batons + leaves into halves
250g fried tofu *sliced into bite sized pieces
1 free range egg
1 pack fresh flat rice noodles *available from Asian supermarkets
4 tbsp organic tamari
white pepper
fresh chives
fresh sliced red chilli

method

Heat a generous amount of sesame oil in a wok over a medium – high heat. Add chilli paste to taste. Fry for 30 or so seconds.

Throw in the onion and sauté, then add the garlic and ginger. Stir fry quickly.

Add the kai lan stems (reserve the leaves) and the fried tofu. Continue to fry for a couple of minutes. Push the vegetables to one side of the wok, and crack the egg on the other other side. Wait until the bottom of the egg is slightly cooked, then scramble. Incorporate into the vegetables.

Add the noodles, kai lan leaves a good sprinkle of white pepper, and the tamari and fry until the noodles have all become loose.

Serve in noodle bowls, scattering fresh chives + chilli all over.