Sunday, September 06, 2009

(Kind of) Claypot Noodles

I've been very excited about vegan cooking lately, and have been spending far too long looking at wonderful vegan recipe blogs like VeganYumYum and vegan about town. Last night I decided to make claypot noodles, which ended up being very loosely based on vegan about town's recipe.

* Two or three packs of udon noodles (or some other kind of noodles - vegan about town recommends against rice noodles, since they fall apart)
* Soy sauce
* Vegetarian oyster sauce
* garlic (chopped or mashed). I used about two teaspoons.
* chilli
* vegetarian stock (I used chicken flavour)
* sesame oil, olive/canola/vegetable/whatever oil
* vegetables: I used bok choi, brocolli, bean sprouts and straw mushrooms. (The straw mushrooms were not very nice - maybe shitake would be better?)
* firm tofu, chopped into about 2cm by 2cm blocks

* Preheat the oven to 180C or thereabouts.
* Heat up the oil. Fry the chilli for a little, then add the garlic. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir around for a bit. I used...about a quarter cup of soy sauce? And maybe a tablespoon of oyster sauce? Maybe more?
* Add the tofu. Fry it until it looks like you might want to eat it. Try eating some. Was it nice?
* Throw in the noodles, toss them around a bit until they are covered in sauce. If, like me, you have used too many noodles for your frypan, this should add an exciting challenge to your evening.
* Mix up the vegetable stock with some water. Not too much! Maybe a cup or two?
* Put the noodles, tofu, sauce and stock into a claypot. Or, if you don't have one, a casserole dish or something. Add the vegetables, which should (obviously!) be chopped up a bit. Not too small, though!
* Put in the oven for half an hour or so.

You know, I can see how my 'recipes' could be construed as not-at-all-helpful. It does at least explain why the things I cook can be absolutely delicious one time, and terrible the next. Just for the record, this time dinner was declared "possible the best thing you have ever cooked". Next time: disaster?

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