Quick and easy stir-fried lo mein noodles with cabbage charred until sweet, sauteed mushrooms, and Chinese chives in a light sauce.
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Despite his dinnertime freedom, Mark Bittman doesn't launch into a carnivorous feast come six o'clock. Instead, he incorporates meat into meals that are equally heavy in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Take this soba noodle dish for example. While it doesn't shy away from meat (hello, pork shoulder), it does incorporate a generous amount of asparagus in addition to whole grain soba noodles.
Invented by resourceful Taiwanese fisherman as a way of making money during the off season, this delicious noodle soup is packed with a flavorful pork-and-shrimp broth, long-simmered meat sauce, pleasantly chewy wheat noodles, and one lone ceremonious shrimp. The broth and meat sauce require a bit of advance planning, but once ready, it's an incredibly easy dish to throw together.
Scratch-made chicken curry is a thing of beauty, with far greater complexity than anything that comes out of a jar. Add supple rice noodles and an array of toppings, and consider me satisfied for the next week.
Crispy and a little saucy, egg noodles pan-fried until they form a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-in-the-middle cake is a classic Hong Kong and Guangzhou dish. A nest of egg noodles are fried in a wok until golden brown and topped with a combination of stir-fried meat, seafood, or vegetables. Here's how to make my favorite version, topped with seafood in a light gravy.
Perfect for feeding a crowd or fixing a solo meal on the fly, this simple home-style Taiwanese noodle-and-vegetable dish may look bland, but hidden within are layers of flavor, thanks to plenty of white pepper, black vinegar, and broth.
For me, a dim sum brunch isn't complete without a plate of Supreme Soy Sauce Chow Mein. A simple dish of stir-fried thin noodles cooked with bean sprouts and scallions, it's cooked with just a bit of thin, soy-based sauce that coats the noodles in a concentrated layer of flavor. I turn this snack into a meal by adding an array of colorful, crunchy vegetables and tofu.
This simple soup combines dried shiitake mushrooms with chicken and scallions in a light chicken and mushroom broth, along with thin wonton noodles. It's an easy but filling meal with delicate flavors and a soul-satisfying warmth. The secret is all in the mushrooms.
Beef and broccoli might only be a classic combination in the American Chinese repertoire, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. In most restaurants, you'll find it served with rice, but I like to stir-fry it with hearty lo mein noodles.
Cabbage and noodles flavored with caraway and parsley is a classic Hungarian dish made all the more comforting with the addition of ground chicken. It's soothing and mild like a good chicken soup, and you only need one pan and 20 minutes to finish it off.
Quick and easy one-pot rice noodles with a fragrant curry sauce, tender poached shrimp, and bok choy.
A 20-minute chicken and noodle salad in a creamy peanut and sesame dressing.
A homemade version of Korean-style spicy beef instant noodles made with short ribs, Korean chili paste, and kimchi.
Though I most often picture udon swimming in huge bowls of broth, the thick Japanese noodles are just as comfortable when sautéed.
This savory, slightly spicy, winter comfort food is often hailed as the national dish of Taiwan. Its Sichuan influence is conspicuous, yet you won't find this dish in Sichuan province.
A rich and creamy turkey broth flavored with miso and sesame with crispy braised turkey meat, a soft boiled egg, and Brussels sprouts leaves.
If the pairing of tofu and meat seems incongruous to you, then you've probably missed out on many of the best dishes that Asian cuisines have to offer.
Phat thai wasn't on Andy Ricker's original menu at his Portland restaurant, Pok Pok. It wasn't until he opened a noodle shop in New York that he fully embraced the public's demand for a serious plate of Thai fried noodles. Ricker's recipe in his new Pok Pok cookbook is a version of the dish he serves in New York. Even though it has a long, somewhat chaotic ingredient list, the final dish is subtle and almost delicate.
This pork-free version of ramen is the most satisfying chicken soup you'll ever have. For a full bodied stock use collagen-rich chicken wings and feet.