Wish Upon A Dish: First Time Basic Noodle Bowls

July 28, 2018

First Time Basic Noodle Bowls

As obsessed I have been with noodle bowl recipes, I probably was least obsessed with making them.
Most of them required ingredients that once opened would go bad before using them again.
Not sure The Nudge would enjoy a noodle bowl as much as I would, I decided that I would save my bowls for when I was cooking for one.
Now that he travels at least 1 week each month, I get to have my cake any way I want it!

This bowl was inspired by a few recipes I downloaded off Pinterest. I like to take the ingredients I like from a few and create one customized to my tastes.

This was pretty basic with all ingredients easy to source. I did buy udon noodles to try for the first time and while I liked the chewy texture, a basic linguine will work just fine.

Would I still buy the udon if I knew linguine was acceptable?

Probably not but I have plans for those noodles.

This is a good basic recipe to start with. The cost is minimal, the ingredients recognizable and the prep was easy peasy.
Would I make it again? If I didn't have a newly purchased noodle bowl cookbook I probably would.
Too many new dishes to try. Will keep you informed.

The recipe below makes 2 noodle bowls. I will feast on the leftovers for lunch.

Beginner Noodle Bowl
makes 2 servings

4oz noodles (soba, udon, linguine)
1/4 cup + 1 tbls Tamari
1 tsp unseasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
pinch red pepper flakes
2 eggs
1 tbls vegetable oil
1/2 lb ground pork
8 oz raw coleslaw mix
2 tbls chicken broth + more as needed
green onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced

Bring a big stockpot filled with salted water to a boil.
Cook noodles according to package directions, and drain. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet. Saute pork in oil until it starts to brown. Off heat, add Tamari, rice vinegar, ginger, pepper flakes.
Move back to heat and stir to combine. Saute 1 more minute.

Add coleslaw mix, chicken broth, green onions and garlic. Saute until cabbage wilts.

Add noodles, toss and adjust moisture content with chicken broth. Should not be dry.

Spoon mixture into 2 large bowls and add 1 soft-boiled egg to top (optional).
Sprinkle with more minced chives or green onion.

The beauty of this dish is you can easily make it to your own tastes. I added more ginger, garlic & red pepper flakes. It was as yummy as it was easy.

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