Or perhaps this should be called “Whatever-I-had-in-the-Fridge Noodles.” Whatever the name, it was mmm..mmm good.
The story is that dinnertime came and I had no idea what to make and my supplies were running low. I did have a few random ingredients leftover from other meals – some ground beef from making burgers, some jalapenos from making prik nam som, half a bell pepper from a recent stir-fry, some somen noodles (well, I always have a some kind of noodles lying around), etc.
I wanted a stir-fry over noodles, not noodle stir-fry. I also wanted a soy-saucy flavor with a little kick. So, the following recipe emerged.
The Ingredients (one portion)
- Somen Noodles (totally substitutable!), a portion
- Ground Beef, about a cup
- 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
- 1 Jalapeno, cut horizontally
- 1/4 of an Onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbs, Dark Sweet Soy Sauce (or substitute with regular soy sauce but start out using half Tbs instead, then taste and adjust. Some soy sauces are saltier than others. Also, add a bit more sugar since sweet soy sauce is, indeed, sweet.)
- 1 1/2 tsp, Fish Sauce (Note: this is in teaspoons. A little fish sauce goes a long way!)
- 1/2 tsp, Sugar
- Scallions, thinly sliced – a little for garnish
- Cilantro, chopped – a little for garnish
- Chili garlic sauce (condiment)
- If you are using somen (or another Japanese noodle), cook according to instructions, drain, and rinse. This will prevent it from clumping.
- Place in a bowl to await the stir-fry.
- Heat the wok, add oil, wait till hot.
- Add garlic and jalapeno, stir-fry till fragrant (just not too long or garlic will burn!).
- Add onions and red bell peppers, stir-fry till tender.
- Add ground beef.
- Add sweet soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar.
- Stir-fry till done. Spoon on to noodles and garnish with scallions and cilantro. Top with a small dollop of chili garlic sauce.