At first glance I thought I’d find this a quick fix, but once I took to making it, I was amazed at all the side stepping required to achieve the finished product.
Noodles needed boiling, draining. Veggies needed chopping. Ingredients were to be measured and sorted; that took me awhile. Perhaps I’m just suffering from winter fatigue. My feet were dragging all throughout the process.
Would the effort be worth it? I took one look at the contents of that noodle package prior to boiling and wondered if my family of three would walk away with growling tummies. How could I add two scant amount of veggies and call this a meal?
I got the noodles boiled. Did I read that recipe right? Do I boil them for four minutes? This package tells me to do it for ten?
Okay, normally I don’t follow a literal translation. It’s not in my game plan. I like to live on the edge, teetering on the dive across the flatiron.
Oh heck! I followed the rules, er…the ones printed in my lovely cookbook. I decided that if I enjoyed this dish I could go vagabond on the next go-round.
Surprisingly, the noodles boiled up to a larger amount than I expected. The grated carrot and five brussel sprouts lent themselves ample.
Would I make this dish again?
My family loved it! I thought it was a bit salty, although no additional salt was added. The noodles were a wonderful texture, fully cooked after their pan frying event.
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Page 215, of Lauren Ulm’s, vegan cookbook, Vegan Yum Yum, contains all the secrets and know-how’s of this bounty.
Mom, I only cooked my noodles for a couple minutes too, though my package suggested 13-14 minutes. They definitely didn’t need that much time. I think Udon noodles are one of my new favorite things! They were so yummy without ANYTHING on them!
I was a rebel and added a little jalapeno. I’ve never found anything that doesn’t taste better with a little heat. I also added some onion at the last minute because I had a little leftover in the fridge. I almost added some remaining mushrooms that were hiding in the produce compartment as well, but then the husband would have been picking them out of his dish. I think they would have made an excellent addition though. Maybe next time….
I am really glad we tried this recipe though so that I could be introduced to the wonderful Udon. Mom mentioned that her pack was on the pricey side, but I found mine to be just a tad more than regular noodles.
Can’t wait to see what Mom chooses for our next Sunday meal!