There’s a hole in my heart left behind by the recent closure of my favorite local Chinese restaurant. The Mill House Panda was a Poughkeepsie, NY, institution for decades, with cold sesame noodles unrivaled across three counties. While these aren’t exactly its version (not even close, in fact), a yearning for my long-lost Tuesday night take-out has inspired me to pick myself up, dust myself off and create a new cold Asian noodle to call my own.
A sneak peek down the page to the photos and ingredients listed below should raise eyebrows (and hopefully pique interest) that these aren’t your run of the mill cold sesame noodle. Being the fan of fiber that I am, these noodles are doubled down with shredded kale and a surprise kick from some chopped dried plums — which, as an aside, sound so much more pleasant than a bowl full of prunes, don’t they?
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Thinking about ordering in for dinner tonight? Instead of reaching for the take-out menu of your neighborhood Chinese restaurant, head to the kitchen and start heating up the wok. You can whip together your favorite Chinese noodles in well under an hour.
Ching’s recipe for Hot and Sour Fresh Noodles is lighter than what you would typically order at a restaurant so you’ll feel better about polishing off a big bowl. It’s the perfect balance between spicy and tangy, and the crisp zucchini adds a nice contrast of texture to the soft noodles. The fresh ginger, chilies and garlic combined with the soy sauce and vinegar make for a fragrant dish you’ll crave time and time again.
This recipe is flexible. You can easily add in as many veggies as you want for some extra crunch. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, scale back on the amount of chilies and chili oil you add. Sesame oil and rice wine vinegar can be found in most grocery stores and are worth having in your pantry.
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