Sesame noodles with a kick of garlic, ginger and tahini paste, and loaded with carrots and spring onions, a delicious and healthy Chinese recipe that is ready in about 15 minutes. The quickest and easiest vegetarian dinner for busy families, this fantastic Asian dish is so easy to make, and so flavourful, and tastes better than your regular take-away.
Whether you are looking for some delicious recipes for the upcoming Chinese New Year or you just want a super quick dinner, this is the recipe for you.
Forget about the instant noodles that are full of God knows what ingredients, these sesame noodles can be ready in just about the same time. And they are way healthier, tastier, better, and all in all superb.
The very word instant is the one that worries me. If you ever read the ingredients listed on such an instant packet of noodles, you will see tons of weird ingredients listed.
They might be relatively low in calories, but they are also low in quality. And super high in sodium and fat, as a matter of fact. Those food additives used to enhanced the flavour have nothing good about them.
Better grab yourself a packet of noodles which can be boiled in about 10 minutes, or less, add some spring onions, ginger, garlic and carrots, a nice homemade sauce, and job done. You will notice the difference in quality straight away.
This is real food, and the flavour comes from the real ingredients used, not food additives. Yes, these are the proper noodles, done the proper way. I simply love them!
How to make the best Chinese sesame noodles
Egg noodles are super tasty, but you can go for any other variety. They don't cost more than £1-1.30 depending on the brand, and you get to feed the whole family.
You can up the nutrition by using more veggies, even meat. The Broccoli and Beef Noodles Stir Fry are one of my favourite Asian recipes that I can eat anything of the day, 7 days out of 7. But this vegetarian version is even quicker, and equally delicious. You don't even need any marinade, just get everything straight into the wok, and job done!
- Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions.
- Chop the spring onions, garlic and ginger, finely slice or grate a carrot.
- Heat up the oil in pan or wok, add the veggies and stir fry for about 30 seconds or so, until their release their flavours.
- Add the noodles, give a good stir.
How to make a homemade sesame sauce
There are 2 ingredients that take this sauce to the very next level: tahini paste, and sesame oil. Tahini paste is made of sesame seeds, so it brings extra flavour and richness. Just add the tahini paste with sesame oil, light and dark soy sauce and Chinese rice vinegar, and mix well.
Pour the sauce over the noodles, toss well, then garnish with sesame seeds and parsley. If you don't mind a bit of spiciness, feel free to add some chilli peppers too, I did not add any because my little one had some noodles too, they are her favourite.
Healthy meals for healthy kids
Instant noodles are bad for grown-ups, we all know that! So, just imagine how bad they can be for a tiny stomach. Kids seem to love noodles, so why not make some proper ones for them? If you are worries about the amount of sodium in soy sauce, you can add less.
As much as I can, I want to provide my kids with better, tastier, more nutritious food, so that later on they can make their own healthier choices when it comes to food. So, hopefully they will never choose instant noodles.
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- 3 nests of egg noodles
- 1 carrot
- 2 spring onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 cm fresh ginger root
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Tahini paste
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- Boil the noodles according to the packet instructions, most noodles will be ready in about 10 minutes or less. When ready, drain the water and set aside.
- In a wok or large pan, heat up the vegetable oil.
- Grate the carrot, peel and chop the garlic and ginger and chop the spring onions.
- Add them to the wok, and quickly stir for about 30 seconds.
- Mix the soy sauces, tahini paste, sesame oil and rice vinegar, then add them to the wok.
- Keep stiring for about a minute, then add the cooked noodles and mix well.
- Remove from the heat, add the chopped parsley and sesame seeds, and serve hot.
What is tahini paste?
It’s a sesame seed paste, you can usually find it in the international aisle in bigger supermarkets.