National Noodle Day Chili Noodles

My early thoughts on dinner tonight were German. My father sent me an email wishing me a happy German-American Day. (He considers himself German-American despite the fact most of my ancestors have been in America for centuries.) But although I’d usually be very happy to go searching Seitan is My Motor for something vegan and German, or eat some sauerkraut, I had a pretty hearty lunch and wanted something fairly light for dinner. Then I read in Jes’s blog that it’s National Noodle Day and I decided we were having noodles instead. Now, I know I could have made German noodles – Bryanna even did a post on vegan spaetlze earlier this year – but I got it in my head that I wanted some sort of spicy chili noodle.

I didn’t take pictures of the whole process: I was in too big a hurry. I was starving, and the boys were apparently starving (Mark’s friend Jathan is staying with us) as well. The good news is this is a one-pot dish and ready in about 15 minutes.

I wasn’t fooling around when I decided to make “chili” noodles: chilis are present in three different forms. It wasn’t overwhelmingly hot despite that, though you can adjust the amount of each type of chlii to suit your tastes.

Chili Noodles

3 bundles udon noodles, or 1 lb. wide Chinese noodles, linguine, or other toothsome noodle
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated or minced
6 scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
1 jalapeno or other hot pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2″ slivers
6 oz. snow peas
1/2 cup tofu, cubed (optional)
6 oz. bean sprouts
1 1/2 cups vegan broth
2 Tbsp black bean garlic sauce (from Asian grocery store)
2 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp corn starch + 1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp chili sesame oil

Cook the noodles to al dente, drain, rinse under cold water, and toss with sesame oil to prevent sticking. Prep the veggies: chop the bell pepper, scallions, and tofu, slice the chili pepper, grate the ginger, and have the bean sprouts and snow peas ready. Whisk together the broth, black bean garlic sauce, chili garlic sauce, and rice vinegar in a small bowl or measuring cup. In another small bowl, whisk together the corn starch and cold water. In the same pot in which you cooked the noodles, heat some peanut oil over medium high heat, then add the ginger and white parts of the scallions. Stir fry for 30 seconds, then add the bell and chili peppers and fry for a minute or two. Pour in the broth mixture and bring to a boil. Toss in the snow peas, bean sprouts, and tofu, stirring to let them warm up. Add the corn starch mixture. The broth should immediately thicken. When it has thickened, add the noodles and chili oil and stir until well combined and noodles are warmed through. Top with the green parts of the scallions.

Honestly I don’t think the photo does it justice; I thought they were pretty good:

I’ll keep this in my repertoire of super-fast meals.

Brachtune quite rudely jumped up on the table while we were eating. Fortunately Jathan is a cat person, although even cat people don’t want cat tails in their noodles.

Brachtune loves books.

Oh, she doesn’t belong on the table, but it’s so hard to say no to her.

I also couldn’t say no to her when she wanted to go on an hour-long walk on her leash Saturday afternoon, and now I’m covered in bug bites. What sort of stupid bug is out biting in October? Isn’t relief from bugs supposed to be one of the great things about fall?

As for German-American Day, I celebrated it by listening to Einstürzende Neubauten all day. Which didn’t make it too different than any other day, but was pretty awesome anyway.


  1. Josiane Said,

    October 6, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

    It does look good! I’m such a slow cook, I always find it pretty impressive when you say how quickly you can whip up something like this!

    Bugs out and biting in October? Wow, that’s crazy! I hope they’ll soon get the memo that it’s past their time, and you’ll get to enjoy the autumnal relief from bugs!

  2. Jes Said,

    October 7, 2009 @ 7:53 am

    Bugs?! Is this what I should expect when I head east to Richmond tomorrow? ugh. When I read the post title and then read the part about German American day I was somehow hoping that “chili noodles” meant chili, the ubiquitous beany, tomatoey, tvpy soupy thing, on top of noodles. I’m not sure *why* I expected that (maybe because it sounds gross and absolutely delicious at the same time…hmm) but there you go. The chili noodles **do** look so quick and tasty though!

  3. kibbles Said,

    October 7, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    Mmm, this was the perfect meal after getting home from campus. I’m so cold after waiting for the stupid late bus. I had to modify as I don’t have the garlic bean/chili sauces, but it’s still delish! I love spicy noodles. Thanks!

  4. Mo Said,

    October 7, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    Those noodles look fan-freaking-tastic!

  5. amey Said,

    October 8, 2009 @ 2:07 am

    um, I haven’t heard mention of Einstürzende Neubauten in forever. I used to really like them. I think my old boyfriend from college made me a dub tape of their albums, and I used to listen to it all the time. Fun.

    Also, your cat is super super super cute and beautiful!

  6. jd Said,

    October 9, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

    How could I possibly have missed National Noodle Day? That’s so depressing! (Especially since my nickname is Noodles!)

    Anyway, your noodle dish looks really good – I love how you used so many chili variations! And your pictures are gorgeous, as usual 🙂

    PS Love the cat – she’s so furry and proud looking! Very nice.

  7. sheree Said,

    October 10, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

    How fun! I did not know there was a noodle day. :o) Your quick noodle dish is quite impressive and oh so delicious looking.

  8. Stella Said,

    October 13, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    Gorgeous noodles and cat.

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