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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Japanese Yakisoba with shiitake and sesame oil (vegan)

The  officially Japanese (although Chinese in origin) Yakisoba dish consists of fried noodles (Yaki=fried, soba=noodles) with some vegetable or meaty additions. Since we love the classic combination of shiitake and sesame oil (sometimes also nicknamed the "vegetarian bacon"), we decided it was a perfect match for the Yakisoba. The taste is so wonderful I'd recommend it wholeheartedly. 
Whenever you're home after a long day at work and want to fix something up in virtually no time, take this into consideration. Another advantage besides its little cooking time is that it's a great comfort food which is also low in calories. Enjoy :)

Last year: Insalata Caprese (Italian).
Two years ago: baby making, no cooking.

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 125 g noodles (1 noodle nest)
  • 125 g shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 glug of soy sauce
  • 1 glug dark rice vinegar (or Worcestershire sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 glug roasted sesame oil
  • salt to taste (if more is necessary)

In a small pan, fry the sliced shiitake mushrooms in the sesame oil for 4-5 minutes. In a larger pan put the water, broken noodles and the vegetable flakes and brig to a gentle boil.

Stir around in both pans until the noodles look cooked. Then add the vinegar and soy sauce to the noodles:

Cook some more until all the liquid is absorbed / evaporated. Then turn off the heat, add the fried shiitake and mix. Add salt if you want. Transfer to serving plates and dig in while it's hot! :)

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