As I’m writing this post, I can’t help but thinking about one thing: Noodles. Not really surprising since I’m sharing an Asian Beef Noodles recipes, you think. Well, I’m actually not thinking about the noodles you eat. I’m more thinking about the movie character Noodles from Once Upon a Time in America. I guess listening to the -stunning- soundtrack from Ennio Morricone is not helping. Have you seen this movie? It’s directed by Sergio Leone and starring, among others, Robert De Niro (playing…Noodles). I’m not good at summarizing a movie (especially when it lasts more than 4 hours – 256 minutes to be precise) so here is what wiki says about it: the movie chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in NYC’s world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss broken relationships and the rise of mobsters in American society. Bottom line is, this movie is amazing, especially the first part when they’re kids!
So I have an idea for you. Why not rent/borrow/stream Once Upon in American this weekend and make yourself a Double Noodles Night? Those Asian beef noodles (the ones you eat, this time) are highly suitable for a potato couch party. I may or may not have done that before.
KCal: 428 - Protein: 36g - Fat: 8.8g - Carbs: 48g - Fiber: 2.7g - Sugar: 5.3g - WW Points+: 11 pts - Old Points: 9 pts
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup light soy sauce
- 1 tsp sriracha hot sauce (the one with a rooster)
- 2 tsp sugar (or honey or agave)
- Cooking spray
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, sliced (about 1 1/2 cup)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 oz Instant Noodles, 99% fat free
- Prepare the sauce. In a bowl, combine rice vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha. Add sugar and mix well until it’s totally dissolved. Set aside.
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- Meanwhile, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, spray with cooking spray, add onion and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure onion doesn’t burn.
- Add ground beef and break into tiny pieces. Brown for about 2 minutes (don’t overcook the meat, it would be dry).
- While beef is cooking, add noodles to the boiling water and cook 2 minutes (more or less according to package instructions). Drain noodles and put them back in the pot (away from heat). Drain excess liquid from the beef and onion mixture and transfer to noodles’ pot.
- Pour in sauce and mix well to combine beef, noodles and sauce. Make sure noodles are fully covered.
- Garnish with parsley or cilantro and serve immediately.
If you want to make this for 2, 6 or...only yourself, it’s easy! Just follow those proportions for the sauce. Here is the quantity for one person only: 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1.5 tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp sriracha and 1/2 tsp sugar. Adjust the meat, onion and noodles quantity and you’re good to go!