Art of Cooking: Spicy Ramen Vegetarian Stir Fry

Stir fry dishes are a traditional Asian cooking technique filled with flavor and can be made using a variety of ingredients. The idea is to allow the ingredients to simmer altogether to absorb the flavor while maintaining texture. I wanted to make something a little on the spicier side with a mixture of traditional flavorings such as soy sauce, chili garlic paste and toasted sesame oil.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 packages of Ramen noodles
  • 1 portobella mushroom (diced)
  • 2 eggs (scrambled)
  • 1 tbsp spinach (shred into pieces)
  • 1/2 bell orange pepper (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 -2 tsps soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce (you can find at an Asian market or in the Asian specialty section in the grocery store)
  • 1 – 2 tbsps toasted sesame seed oil
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • spices (sea salt or himalayan pink salt, ground black pepper, cumin, sesame seeds)

Boil 3 packages of ramen noodles on the stove in a cooking pot. You can get any flavor of ramen because you won’t be using the spice packages. In fact, you can discard them or save them to use as flavoring for another dish. Once you boil the noodles, drain in a colander and place to the side.

In a separate frying pan add about 2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil and put on medium low heat. Allow the oil to heat up and add your diced pepper and mushrooms. Next add the sesame seed oil.

Add the onions next and allow them to sautee with the mushrooms and peppers. Then add the chili garlic sauce and your minced garlic last. Season with salt, black pepper as desired with only a dash of cumin. Allow to simmer together soaking in the flavors.

Add the ramen to the mixture. Put on very low heat.

In a separate pan, add a little olive oil and scramble the eggs and spinach together.

Once the eggs and spinach are finished, add them to pan with the ramen and vegetable mix.  Next, add the soy sauce and mix together in the pan.

Once everything is sufficiently mixed together, add to a bowl and sprinkle sesame seeds on top (as desired). The sesame seeds give it a little added crunch and flavor.