Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Asian-Style Pantry Noodles

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a wonderful recipe to have on file for those days when time trumps intent and you still have to put dinner on the table. It is perfect for a busy week night and, while it is delicious, it is also very easy to do. Unlike many Asian recipes, it doesn't require a lot of chopping and the ingredients needed to make it are probably already in your pantry. The only trick to successfully making this dish is having everything ready to go before you start cooking. Rice noodles can fall apart if they soak for too long a period of time. I've found five minutes in a boiling water bath is all it takes to soften them. You want the noodles to be soft and flexible, but not tender, when they go into the wok or frying pan to finish cooking. I serve these noodles with a chili sauce that is passed at the table. That keeps the fire-breathers happy, but keeps the dish mild enough for children to enjoy. I think you will like these. Here's the recipe.

I am way behind in my response to your comments. Please accept my apologies. Bob, my Silver Fox, has had emergency surgery, and I'm at the hospital far more than at the computer. He is doing pretty well, but will be in the hospital for another 5 days. I hope all of you will understand my lack of response until things return to normal around here. I am, as they say, dancing as fast as I can.

Asian-Style Pantry Noodles...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Nancie McDermott

8-oz. wide dried rice noodles
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided use
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
1/2 pound thinly sliced beef
5 cups loosely packed baby spinach
1/4 to 1/2 cup chicken stock
2 eggs, lightly beaten

1) Place noodles in a shallow pan. Cover with boiling water and let sit until noodles are flexible and soft but not yet tender. Drain, rinse then drain again.
2) Combine soy sauce, molasses and salt in a small bowl and stir until salt dissolves.
3) Heat wok or frying pan until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil. When oil shimmers, add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and toss until beef changes color. Add spinach and stir until spinach is a vibrant shiny green, about two minutes. Transfer spinach and beef to a platter.
4) Reduce heat and add noodles to same pan, tossing to separate strands. Cook for about two minutes, adding splashes of chicken stock to moisten and prevent them from sticking to pan. When noodles have softened and turned white push them to one side of pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to center of pan. Pour in eggs and swirl to spread them into a thin sheet. When they begin to set, scramble them and turn noodles into them mixing well.
5) Return beef and spinach to pan. Add soy-molasses mixture and toss everything well. Cook for about 1 minute to heat through. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

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Alessandra said...

Dear Mary, I hope that Bob is feeling better already, my best wishes for a speedy recovery, and don't worry about commenting, it is amazing that you are even posting :-), so just relax and think of yourselves! BTW, I made pantry noodles too tonight!


mari carmen said...

Hola que rica tu receta!!soy nueva te SIGO.Un beso

easyfoodsmith said...

This does look like a very delicious meal. Easy to fix and good to eat!

Shirataki Noodles said...

Thanks for this mouth watering recipe looking awesome !!

Lynn said...

The noodles sound amazing Mary! It's also fun to see 3 years of yummy prior posts at the bottom:@) Sorry to hear about your hubby, hope he gets well soon, take care!

Tanna said...

Mary, I am putting The Silver Fox at the top of my prayer list along with you... that your dancing slippers may fit comfortably while you need them. blessings ~tanna
ps the asian noodles look yummy!!

StephenC said...

My thoughts are with you and the Silver Fox.

Kim said...

I like this king of noodles! It's a quick fix for these night when we don't want to cook or go to the grocery store!

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

Mary, sending good health wishes to the Silver Fox. Hope he will be home soon. You are keep right on blogging during all this. Take care of yourself also. Sending only positive thoughts and hugs to you both. Susan

Sue/the view from great island said...

Mary I'm so sorry to hear about Bob, you must be under such a lot of stress. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Unknown said...

Now this is my kind of dish! Love the flavors and the simplicity!

I do hope that the Silver Fox is doing well.. and will continue on that same path. Please don't worry about responses, he's much more important!! Take care of you too!

Valerie Gamine said...

I hope both of you will be back home, healthy and happy, in no time. xo

This noodle dish looks delicious! I never know how long to cook Asian noodles, so thank you for the tips. :)

Susan..... said...

We wish the Silver Fox a speedy recovery and while we would miss your wonderful dishes, a day by his side is worth more, and knowing you, you will make it up to us. Take care of your end and we will be patient on ours.

Claudia said...

I am saving this - I have a lot of weeknights that beg for a speedy (but tasty) meal. Wishing the Silver Fox a speedy recovery. Please don't worry about commenting!

David said...

Mary, This sounds like a very satisfying noodle dish. Lots of nice flavors! Sorry to hear about the Silver Fox and my prayers are with you both. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

So sorry for the emergency situation. Hope he is doing well and you too! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Nice recipe by the way!

Suzie said...

I'm amazed the your even posting. My prayers for you and your husband and thanks for the delicious recipes! God Bless.

Juliana said...

Oh Mary, sorry to hear about you husband...hope he feels better soon.
Your noodle looks delicious and I love this Asian noodles :)
Have a great week!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, I am glad to hear that Bob is doing well. Please remember take care of yourself and don't worry about dancing too fast. Take time to breath.
I will keep both you and your Bob in my prayers.
This is a perfect dish to sit down with at the end of a day and enjoy.
Blessings my dear, dear friend. Catherine xoxo

Unknown said...

Now this looks fantastic! I love all of these flavors and could probably eat them almost every day, I never seem to grow tired of Asian and good pizza!

Kimmie @ Hello Mess said...

GREAT photos! I'm new here... love the feel of your site so far! I'm off to check out some more posts. Thought I'd say hi rather than lurk around. :) Have a great week, sugar! xo

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

I just wished I lived near you to help eat the fabulous food you cook!

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Hope all will be back to normal soon....not to worry about responses and posts. But....this does look yummy....all the best....

Jane said...

Mary, I hope the Silver Fox has a quick recovery. Take care of yourself too!

Gloria said...

This recipe looks so delicious, Mary -- but, more importantly, I hope that Bob is OK, and please know that I will say a prayer for him. Please keep us posted. God bless.

My Little Space said...

Such mouthwatering dish ever! Btw, I'm going to make braised noodle for lunch today. Hope you're having a lovely day.

Mel M said...

Mary siento lo de tu esposo, espero que este mejor.
La receta deliciosa y simple!

Martha said...

Mary, I follow your blog and was sorry to hear about your Bob's illness. I'm praying for a speedy recovery for him and lots of strength for you and exhausting job of sitting in a hospital. The best to you both.

Joanne said...

Oh mary, I hope that bob is okay! Spend as much time with him as you need and don't worry about us! We'll still be here when you get back. In the meantime...these noodles! Love. Rice noodles are an obsession of mine.

Jeanette said...

Mary, so sorry to hear about your husband. Hope he is doing better.

Salsa Verde said...

What a delightful array of ingredients and what a fantastic dish!

Unknown said...

This is such a colorful, pretty dish, and it really looks quick. I am really surprised how quick this recipe is to prep, make, and get on the table. This looks like a great pizza alternative during those nights.

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