This was easy to make and met my cheapo standards!
This yakisoba meal (delicious curly noodle) is a great deviation from rice-noodle dishes. Once you meet yakisoba noodles, you’ll see them everywhere. If you google mee goreng, you’ll see that this dish is a popular hawker-style food in Singapore and has limitless variations. I think the key to this one is the EASY chili sauce that you make before hand. I found the original recipe in my Asian cookbook, “The Asian Vegan Kitchen” by Hema Parekh. I highly recommend her book. Tip on the yakisoba: if you aren’t able to go to your nearest Asian market, you can usually find these noodles in the refrigerated section of your mainstream store where they keep the tofu and/or wonton wraps. Follow the directions on the package, which is usually rinse with hot water and fluff – before adding noodles to pan in this recipe.
Makes enough for 2 recipes of the noodles.
- 6 fresh red chilies – seeds removed (fresno or cayenne work! If using thai chilies, use a few more since they’re tiny.)
- 3 Tbs water
- juice from half a lime
- 3 Tbs rice vinegar
- 1.5 Tbs fine sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
Directions: Grind all of that together in a food processor until smooth. Done!
Noodles and Veggies:
- 2 Tbs veg oil
- 14 oz yakisoba noodles
- 3 Tbs black soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic
- 5 Tbs tomato puree
- 4 shallots, chopped fine
- 2 leeks, hard tops removed, then chopped
- Enough lightly-fried tofu to satisfy your needs (or you can buy the pre-fried fatty ones like I did)
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 2 cups mung bean sprouts
- 2 cups mustard greens
- baby corn (optional!)
- chopped fresh red chilies (remove seeds if you’re a pansy like me)
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- a few squeezes of lime
- cilantro and chopped cherry tomatoes for garnish
- Heat up your oil, sautee garlic, shallots and leeks until hot
- add 2 Tbs of your chili sauce, save the rest for future dishes
- Stir all this together for 1 minute on medium heat
- Add tofu, cabbage, sprouts, mustard greens. Saute on high for 3 min.
- Add chopped tomato, chilies, puree, then stir.
- Add noodles and soy sauce, then stir to mix well
- Turn off heat, mix well, add your garnish and eat up!