Vegetarian Japanese pan noodles are the perfect Meatless Monday recipe that the whole family will be clamoring for. Udon noodles are cooked in a sauce that coats and caramelizes the noodles and goes perfectly with shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and carrots for the most delicious bite after bite!
Do you ever have order envy at a restaurant?
Your food comes to the table, and just seeing what the other person ordered gives you a sinking feeling that your food just won’t measure up.
Then you have a bite of the other person’s food, and you know you’ve made a mistake. You should have ordered what the other person did.
Well, that is the story behind this Japanese pan noodles recipe.
Every time my husband and I went to a fast-casual restaurant called Noodles and Company, I’d order some random pasta dish and he would order Japanese pan noodles.
I’d sit there and make big eyes at him until he’d ask “would you like a bite?” and then I’d ask “are you sure?” … but deep down I’m thinking “omg I need to have some of those noodles!”
They’re so good!
The Japanese udon noodles (and other Nasoya Asian-style noodles) can be found in the grocery store next to Nasoya tofu (usually on the above shelf, I’ve found) and cook up in minutes, so they’re great when you need a super quick, easy, vegetarian dinner recipe.
I used a wok pan to make this dish, but really any pan will work. To make the Japanese pan noodles, you simply chop your veggies and make the sauce ahead of time (because cook time is so quick, you want to have everything ready to go.) Then all you do is cook the veggies and then add the noodles in. Everything cooks together and oh-my-goodness, the end result is amazing!
I like making crispy tofu as a protein with this dish. To make crispy tofu, all you do is toss extra firm tofu in a little corn starch, and then sear it in a pan in a little bit of oil and a little bit of the sauce you’ve made for the noodles.
After trying this recipe, my hubby totally approved it and said this one is definitely one he wants me to make regularly. I hope you enjoy!
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