About this recipe:A wonderful vegetarian-friendly noodle dish, which is super-easy to make. Cellophane noodles are tossed with asparagus, carrots and spring onions in soy sauce. Enjoy hot, at room temperature or chilled.
225g cellophane noodles
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
125g thinly sliced onions
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
225g asparagus, thinly sliced
3 spring onions cut into 2.5cm pieces
30g dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked until soft, then sliced into strips
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:20min › Ready in:40min
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the noodles and return to the boil. Cook the noodles uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the noodles have cooked through, but are still firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain well in a colander set in the sink. Toss noodles with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Set aside. Whisk soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, carrots and asparagus; cook and stir until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in spring onions and shiitake mushrooms and continue cooking and stirring for 30 seconds. Pour in the soy sauce mixture, then add the noodles. Cook and stir until the noodles are warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with sesame seeds and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil.
Cellophane noodles are also known as bean thread noodles. These and dried shiitake mushrooms can be purchased in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops or online.