Why the hell am I so spotty? As if being fat wasn’t bad enough I’m now fat AND spotty! Oh good, just in time for my holiday. Okay so I might be overreacting a tad, I’m hardly obese but I had hoped this time last week to be looking more Miranda Kerr than Sonia from Eastenders by now (sorry Sonia, I love you). Fun fact, ten years ago I almost ran over Sonia from Eastenders in an M&S carpark in Southgate. I shouted ‘sorry Sonia from Eastenders’ out the car window but she seemed very cross and ignored my heartfelt apology. Not really sure what I was doing in M&S back then, I was more of an ASDA kind of gal due to being upsettingly skint all the time… No change there then.
Anyhoo forget Sonia, she’s in the past, along with the doughnuts, pizza, marshmallows, cheese board, malteezers, chips, cream crackers and pies you ate at that hen do on Saturday… Oh, my spotty face is starting to make a bit more sense.
In light of this disturbing revelation, I suggest we back away from the pies and towards my warm noodle salad. This slippery, delicious delight is super healthy, easy and will have you slurping noodles for tea in no time.
Warm noodles with gochujang dressing
Serves 2 / Hands on time 20 minutes / Total time 20 mins / V Vn* Df
Half a white onion, sliced
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp sesame seeds
2 nests of egg noodles*
50g kale, roughly 2 handfuls
2 bulbs of pak choi, sliced
2 Tbs light soy sauce
1 Tbs sesame oil
2 tsp gochujang or Sriracha (a type of chilli sauce you can buy in most supermarkets)
*Substitute egg noodles for rice noodles if vegan
1. In a large cooking pot, fry the onion in 1 tsp of sesame oil, on a medium heat, for 10 minutes until soft (if they start looking a bit charred, add a dash of water to help them steam).
2. Meanwhile, boil a kettle for the noodles and make your dressing by mixing the ingredients together in a large bowl (if using gochujang, this can be quite sticky, so use the back of a teaspoon to help soften it against the bowl).
3. Fill a medium sized saucepan with boiling water, add 2 nests of noodles and cook according to packet instructions. Drain in a colander and run them under a stream of cold water to cool them down (this prevents them from cooking further). Once cooled, drain and pour straight into the dressing. Mix well and put to one side.
4. By now your onions should be cooked. Add the pak choi and kale along with a dash of water. Turn up the heat and cook down the greens until soft but still tender. Take off the heat and add the dressed noodles a bit at a time to prevent clumping together.
5. Divide into bowls and serve topped with sesame seeds.
If you’ve had a go at making my noodles or any of my recipes I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org