THESE SAUCY RAMEN NOODLES ARE:
• Coated in a rich and flavorful sauce. You can easily modify the spice and flavors to your preference!
• Simple to create. Only a few simple items and 20 minutes or less are required!
• Versatile. You can easily add any vegetables and protein you want to these noodles.
Because of how simple it is to prepare, these noodles have become a go-to for those hectic days. These noodles may be made in as little as 20 minutes!
PREPARING AND COOKING THE NOODLES
• I prefer to slightly undercook my noodles because we’ll be boiling them down in the sauce later.
• Cook your noodles for about 2 minutes shorter than the package directions, or until they retain a decent bite.
• You may run them through water after cooking to assist halt the cooking, but I prefer to put them right to the sauce after cooking since the noodles absorb the flavors better this way.
• If you want to put the noodles straight to the sauce, prepare everything ahead of time and make sure the sauce is ready in the pan before cooking the noodles.
TYPE OF NOODLES
They are from the Koka brand, and I buy them in packs of five. Because they’re made of wheat, I strongly recommend these brown rice ramen noodles if you’re looking for a gluten-free option.
You may also find a wheat ramen noodle substitute here. (affiliate hyperlink)
You may, of course, substitute other noodles of your choosing! Of course, they will no longer be ramen noodles.
In a saucepan with water, I cook the noodles until they’re half-cooked but still quite chewy.
This method, even after boiling the noodles in the sauce, I get chewy noodles!
I drain the water to preserve the noodles chewy and prevent them from overcooking. You may even run them under cold water if you like. However, I like to add them straight to the sauce later.
THE SAUCE AND OTHER INGREDIENTS
The sauce is really simple and so easy to adjust according to your preference in terms of taste!
Some really simple ingredients you’ll need for the sauce:
• Room temperature water or vegetable broth • Soy sauce, adjust to flavor • Dark soy sauce, optional for color • Corn starch • Maple syrup, sugar, or other liquid sweetener, adjust to taste
• Adjust the sourness with rice vinegar or lemon juice to taste.
• Chili garlic sauce or another spicy sauce, optional for spice (see homemade chili garlic sauce recipe here)
• Sesame oil • Garlic, minced (optional)
I also added some of my own chili garlic sauce, but you can use any spicy sauce you like if you want to spice up your noodles.
Tofu with mushrooms (or any other vegetables you prefer!)
To accompany the noodles in this noodle meal, I sautéed some fresh oyster mushrooms and cubed extra firm tofu.
You may absolutely substitute different vegetables and use up whatever is in your fridge. That is what I appreciate about this dish!