Just a Good Ol’ Ramen Hack

So the other day, I was really craving thai food.  Specifically some pad see ew.  This is a noodle stir fry with meat and all kinds of veggies.  So delicious.  Kevin isn’t a big fan of thai food, and I really hate to make him go somewhere he won’t enjoy.  So, I took a package of ramen out of the pantry and whipped up a lil some somethin’.  Here is a great way to make an amazing stir fry dish out of ramen!

What you’ll need:

A package of your choice in ramen noodles
Veggies of your choice (I used asparagus and canned water chestnuts, it’s all I had really.)
Meat of your choice (I used leftover steak, seared it on the pan before hand.)
Fixins (Cilantro, peppers, sesame seeds, etc.)
Fish sauce
Soy Sauce
Seseme oil
White and Black Pepper
Ground Ginger

First off, prep.  Mince your garlic, chop your water chestnuts and asparagus, cilantro and peppers.

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Canned water chestnuts chopped, cilantro, garlic, serrano peppers and asparagus

 

You’re gonna have to boil your water and cook your noodles until soft.  Strain them and leave aside.  You will be throwing them back on the pan so it’s not necessary that they’re super hot.  I got these noodles on Amazon.  They sell this brand at the vietnamese stores back home.  For what ever reason, I cannot find this brand here in Hawaii.  I was so stoked when I found out that they had it online.  The best instant noodles are the ones with the foreign languages on them.  No doubt.  Make sure you leave the seasoning packets aside, because you will be using these.

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Kung-Fu Brand Instant Oriental Noodle Soup in Beef

I heated up a pan of oil at about a medium-high heat.  Then threw in my minced garlic.

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Throw in your asparagus and saute until soft but still crisp.  The asparagus takes the longest to cook out of everything.

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Once you feel that they are soft enough to bite into comfortably, throw in your water chestnuts.  These are just canned water chestnuts from your local grocery store.

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Add in any peppers you would like, then season veggies with salt and black pepper.

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These are the ingredients I used to flavor up the stir-fry.  Ground ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and nuoc mam fish sauce.

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Add in the noodles you boiled previously and throw in your cilantro.  Splash in some fish sauce, remember its super salty so make sure you don’t over do it.  The best chefs taste their food, so taste it and make sure you aren’t murdering it with fish sauce.  Add some soy sauce and season with your white pepper and ground ginger. I added a smidge of the packet seasoning as well with the oil it came with. Once you are done mixing it all together, take it off the heat and drizzle on the sesame oil.  You don’t want that oil to burn so you have to take it off the heat first.

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Throw on your meat and plate for a perfect presentation.  Garnish with cilantro. Bon appetit!

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