What do you eat when no one is watching? When you're home alone, cooking for one, what do you get up to in the kitchen? When the sun goes down early and there is a chill in the air, I tend towards noodles. Something quick, something easy, and above all else comforting. Lately I've been leaning towards cacio e pepe, but it can be a little heavy with all that butter and cheese so I thought I'd give this ramen noodle recipe a whirl.
Let's just start by saying it's for sure not very good for you. Like, nearly no nutritional content to be found. But, assuming you're cool with that (treats happen!) then these noodles might just be for you. Quick, flavourful, salty. And like I said, no one is watching, right?
1 package ramen noodles, flavor packet discarded
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 green onions, thinly sliced
toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling
Cook the ramen noodles according to the directions on the package. This only takes 2 to 3 minutes! I like to get all of my other ingredients out while waiting for the water to boil.
While the noodles are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the coconut oil and once melted, stir in the garlic and ginger. Cook for 1 minute, then stir in the sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and chili garlic paste. Turn off the heat and stir in the toasted sesame oil. Add the noodles to the skillet and toss well to coat.
Serve the noodles with lots of green onions and sesame seeds on top.