Every week I carve out a couple of hours for menu planning. I have to create 3 different menus every week, including one for myself. It’s a challenge already to think of dishes for other people but it can be especially difficult when planning my own dinner. I want something quick and easy but still satisfying enough to reward myself for a hard day’s work. Just when I thought I ran out of ideas, I decided to whip up sweet and spicy Thai noodles with leftover veggies. The results? A comforting noodle dish that delivered. This meal was right on the money, so much so that I added it on the menu for next week.
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Doesn’t the bowl of sweet and spicy Thai noodles look so creamy and delicious? Well, I’m here to tell you that there is no cream or dairy involved! The sauce and eggs create this cohesive sauce that coats the udon noodles so well. It’s so good. The key behind this dish is the balance of flavors in the sauce. Fish sauce and soy sauce add the saltiness, brown sugar the sweet, sambal the spicy, and vinegar and lime the tart. If you want more spicy, increase the amount of sambal. I personally prefer to drizzle more sambal right before eating but to each their own. Once you have the sauce nailed down, it’s all about just adding whatever ingredients you like. I happened to have bell peppers, zucchini, and broccoli on hand but you can add whatever vegetables you prefer. Carrots, bok choy, napa cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, they all work. You can also add any protein of your choice, I just happened to make mine vegetarian. Saute all the vegetables with the ginger and garlic, simmer the noodles, scramble the eggs, and toss in the sauce. The finishing touch? The bountiful amount of fresh herbs. Fresh cilantro, Thai basil, and toasted peanuts take these sweet and spicy Thai noodles to the next level and make the meal look restaurant-worthy. So easy and de-licious!
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