Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodles tossed with mushrooms & cooked in almond butter sauce to give this Asian dish a unique flavor. The precooked noodles tastes great. *I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
Noodles are my favorite! You would have read about my noodles fixation if you read my post on Chilly Garlic Noodles. I can have noodles any time of the day and any number of times. Even if I visit any Chinese/Thai restaurant, my order is always the ‘Noodles’. KR teases me that there are other items on the menu which I must try at least sometime, but I am very loyal to my Noodles. He threatens that he will stop taking me to these restaurants if I don’t change my order and offer to try something else, but I know these are just threats. He would never do that to me. I love my noodles to be spicy and fiery, which unfortunately is not the case with restaurants. I have to season it additionally with hot sauces to match my level.
Yakisoba noodles presented a great opportunity for food bloggers across called Fortune Asian Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge. They wanted us to come up with a unique recipe using any of their precooked noodle variety. I chose Mandarin Orange flavor to cook with and it was a great choice to make. I had never cooked something spicy using orange flavor, especially not noodles! Yakisoba noodles are GMO and MSG free, precooked and need to be microwaved for 3 minutes before use. The flavor packet that comes with it gives the noodles the required seasoning. This reminded me of Maggi (An Indian instant noodle) which is cooked in the similar way. I love having Maggi and enjoy it at least once a week. So I have used instant noodles before and have loved it.
Ever since I decided to participate in this recipe challenge, I had been thinking of the recipe. It had to be different and it had to of course taste good. I went through many combinations in my head but I just couldn’t decide. I started to recollect recipes of the noodles I have had at some of my favorite restaurants. I knew for sure that I wanted to make these noodles hot and fiery cause that is the way I love it. I remembered the time I was in Hong Kong where I and my brother had the most amazing stir fry noodles on the street for dinner. We had stood there watching the guy prepare it. He just added some sauces and then tossed in the noodles and mushrooms. It was super spicy and lip smacking. It surely was one of our best meals on that trip.
That is what gave me the inspiration for this recipe. Since I didn’t know what sauces he had used back then, I decided to raid my fridge and see what I have in there and make my own sauce. I wanted to add some more veggies to it than just mushrooms to keep it more hearty. In a mixing bowl, add almond butter, Chinese 5 spice powder, sriracha sauce, garlic, Schezwan sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and sesame seeds. Whisk it all together. It should be a sauce consistency. Keep it aside.
Cook the Yakisoba noodles as per the instructions on the packet. Heat sesame oil in a wok. Add and saute mushrooms, broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Add salt while frying. Once the veggies are cooked, add the sauce (previously prepared) to the wok. Give it a good mix and cook it for 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked noodles, the seasoning from the packet and water. Mix all together. Cook for 2 more minutes till everything comes together.
I couldn’t wait for KR to get home so that we could have this special dinner. He too came home and suggested that we have an early dinner that day. The truth being, we both couldn’t wait any longer to taste them. We had never actually tried any other brand of instant noodles other than the Indian one before. So we were looking forward to these Japanese noodles. The fact that it has no MSG, no trans fat and is cholesterol free made enjoying these pre cooked and steamed noodles even more. We loved the flavors. The slight sweetness from mandarin orange along with the hot sauces blended well with the noodles. We LOVED it!
- 4 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 1/4 cup schezwan sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 pkts of Yakisoba noodles (any flavor)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
- Sesame seeds & dried cilantro for garnish
- First make the sauce. In a mixing bowl, add almond butter, Chinese 5 spice powder, sriracha sauce, garlic, Schezwan sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and sesame seeds. Whisk it all together. It should be a sauce consistency. Keep it aside.
- Cook the Yakisoba noodles as per the instructions on the packet. Heat sesame oil in a wok. Add and saute mushrooms, broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Add salt while frying. Once the veggies are cooked, add the sauce (previously prepared) to the wok. Give it a good mix and cook it for 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked noodles, the seasoning from the packet and water as per packet instructions. Mix all together. Cook for 2 more minutes till everything comes together.
- Garnish with dried cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve hot.
I really love the fact that travel continues to inspire my culinary journey. My experiences in Hong Kong back then inspired me today with my cooking. In fact, every trip that I have taken has taught me something. These hand tossed noodles are a perfect way to end a long tiring day with. It awakens your spirits and the taste totally refreshes you. If you too are a noodles lover, you will surely love this recipe. Feel free to add any more veggies to the dish as you wish. Now I know for sure that Yakisoba Noodles are going to make it every week on my grocery list. It’s so easy to cook and is a great choice when you want to prepare a meal in a jiffy.
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