Simple Sesame & Garlic Noodles

Here at Boy Meets Girl Meets Food, we love a good noodle dish. However, I often find that they can become quite heavy and drowned out with sauces, so yesterday I set about making a light and simple noodle dish (to accompany a special recipe coming tomorrow!). For this dish, you will need the following:

180 grams noodles of your choice- I used ramen but soba would work nicely as well

1/2 cucumber

5 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2-3 birds eye chillies

1/3 of a lime

1×1 inch chunk of ginger, finely chopped or shredded

4 tbsps sesame oil

1/2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted lightly

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To begin, bring a large pot of water to boil. While the water is warming up, finely slice the cucumber into thin matchsticks, as such:

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Next, heat 3 tablespoons of sesame oil in a non-stick pan. Once the sesame oil is toasting (you will get that lovely fragrant sesame smell) add your garlic and chili. The water should be boiling away, so chuck your noodles in and keep a close eye on them- our ramen only took four minutes to cook! I took them out at 3:30, just because they were going to cook in the pan for a bit as well.

IMGP7378By the time the garlic is softened and cooked through, the noodles should also be done. Toss them in with the garlic and chili, and add the diced ginger. Mix so that the sesame-garlic oil is evenly spread throughout the noodles, and add a bit more sesame oil if necessary (I found that it was necessary at this point). Season generously with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and hit the noodles with a squeeze of lime. I like serving these noodles slightly chilled/below room temperature, so I put them in the fridge to cool for about 20 minutes before serving.

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Just before serving, remove the noodles from the fridge, and top with the cucumber slices and a bit more of fresh chili. I sadly realized that Alex accidentally broke our sesame seed container this past weekend (and conveniently forgot to tell me), so we had to pass on the seeds, but I would definitely top the noodles with toasted sesame seeds at this point as well for some added crunch.

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And there you have it! A super easy, simple noodle dish that is the perfect accompaniment to saucy stir frys or a medley of other dishes. Enjoy!

– priya

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Simple Sesame & Garlic Noodles