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Living In A Noodle World

Noodles are the staple of many diets around the world, from Asia to Europe to the USA they form the basis of many a meal. Soups, stir-fries – with sauce and without sauce, as a side or the main attraction they are enjoyed by many.

There are options for all dietary requirements so no one is left out and the joyous thing is that you can just swap in your favourite noodles with very little extra effort, simply cook the noodles as per the instructions rather than the recipe and add them at the appropriate moment.

From Left to Right – Egg Ribbon, Medium Dried Egg, Pad Thai, Fresh Egg, Glass and Udon

The noodles above are obviously all of eastern origin and often pasta is also referred to as noodles which can make it all the more confusing, having said that you can still pretty much use them in the same way if you needed to.

I use the ready to wok stir-fry noodles for pretty much everything Asian dish related just because its what I tend to have in the cupboard. They work fine in most dishes although they can make your soup a bit on the oily side so its best to stir-fry them quickly before putting them in. I also have a tendency to use fusilli for all the Italian dishes I do (with the exception of lasagne) for the same reason, I rarely buy spaghetti because I don’t really see much benefit, its not like we eat a lot of seafood pasta, its normally al-forno (in the oven) dishes. There are specific types of pasta for different Italian dishes but its not something I tend to fixate on.

There are a million recipes I could share with you, none of them are my own usually because if I do make it up myself its because I’m missing ingredients and don’t necessarily measure anything which isn’t really helpful for you guys, so I better keep it to five of my favourites in no particular order.

  1. Stir-fried chicken and noodles in plum sauce – A firm favourite on takeaway night.
  2. Sesame Peanut Noodles – Nigella Express’s comforting peanut noodle recipe.
  3. Japanese ramen noodle soup – perfect for any time of year or time of day for that matter.
  4. Laksa soup (Malaysian coconut curry noodle soup) – one of my absolute favourite soups, so nourishing and delicious.
  5. Black Sesame Dan Dan Noodles – another favourite from the local noodle kitchen. I recommend buying black sesame for your store cupboard they are quite something.

Ill save my favourite pasta dishes for another day, if you have a favourite noodle dish Let me know in the comments below or join the conversation at facebook.com/onlynomeswriting or twitter.com/nomwritingfood

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