Noodle Bowl

Ingredients

300g (4 cups) rice noodles

1/2 a cos lettuce, shredded

1/4 of small cucumber-about 150g (1 cup), chopped

a small handful of freshly shredded mint

a small handful of shredded coriander (cilantro)

1 small carrot, coarsely grated

100g 2/3 edamame beans, defrosted

1 small mild red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped optional-add extra spice

20g (1/4 cup) fried onions, ready made

40g (1/4 cup) roasted sunflower

3 tbsp soy sauce

75g (1/3 cup) castor sugar

1 tbsp ginger purée or paste

FOR THE TOFU

275g (1 1/2 cups firm tofu, drained and pressed

Cornflour (cornstarch), to coat sea salt

sunflower oil, to shallow fry

8 vegan spring vegetable rolls, cut into pieces

Method

1. For the sauce, pour the soy sauce and sugar into a small pan and stir in the ginger purée ginger or paste and 2 tbsp cold water. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, stirring occasionally, then bring to the boil. Lower the heat and let the sauce bubble for 6-7 minutes, until reduced slightly and thickened. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.

2.For the tofu, cut it into 2cm (3/4in) cubes (about 10 per serving), put 4 tbsp cornflour in a shallow dish and season with salt. Add the tofu in small batches and gently toss to coat, patting off any excess. Line a large plate with kitchen paper.

3.pour enough oil into a heavy-based pan or wok until it is about 3-4cm (1 1/4- 1 1/2) deep and heat over a medium heat. It’s ready when a cube of bread turns golden in about 20 seconds.

4.carefully lower the tofu into the hot oil-in small batches so the pieces don’t clump-and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden, stirring occasionally. Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain on the lined plate. Season with a little salt and keep warm.

5.Cook the rice noodles, following the instructions on the pack.

6.Divide the noodles among four bowls or lunch boxes, then layer the ingredients on top starting with the lettuce, cucumber, mint, coriander, carrot and edamame beans, followed by slices of chilli, if using.

7.Sprinkle over the fried onions and sunflowers, then tuck the pieces of spring rolls and the tofu down the side. Drizzle over the ginger teriyaki sauce and serve straight-away. If you’re packing this up for lunch, divide the sauce between four small containers and pack with the salad.

Published by DFV Queen

I have develop a passion for natural and healthy life style, starting with a vegan life style including regular exercising each day. Which helped to feel inspired and happy within myself. my diet is very restricted due to severe allergies! When ever a food triggers a hostile response from the body's immune system the result is an allergy attack, which on occasion may be life-threatening although it's relatively simple to identifying problem foods, avoiding them completely is not always easy. My journey with allergies hasn't been easy "but" it has helped me to becomes a stronger person and would like to share and encourage others to never get discouraged, there's always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep persevering.

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