I fully admit that dressing up your standard raman noodle is not a new concept. My mom used to do it with scrambled eggs and peas. (Which I still like.) But I recently made this recipe up for something a little different and the mr and I loved it. (The kids, well, they only ate it when forced, but they have unsophisticated palates.)
Alright. To make the perfect noodle, fill your pot with water about a third of the way up. (No, I'm NOT being snarky right now, actually, this really is important.) You see, contrary to popular belief, you must first bring the water to a boil before adding the noodles. (This has been a point of contention in our household before, so I just thought I'd set the record straight.) Put your noodles in and let them boil for no longer than 2 and 1/2 minutes. Seriously. Any longer and they'll be mush. Gross.
While you're letting the water boil, you can start the almonds. Simply melt the butter in a pot and throw in your almonds and sesame seeds Stir them around. You don't have to stir or watch them constantly, but if you take your eye off of them, do it only for a second. I'm serious. These guys? They take FOREVER to START to toast, but once it starts, it goes FAST. Turn around for longer than a second and you've got almond briquettes. Which is NOT what we're going for.
And drain your noodles. This photo is totally gratuitous since I know you know what draining noodles look like. I just liked the steam rising off and couldn't help posting it.
Chop up your veggies. Try to use a knife that's actually sharp, unlike me. Not that you can tell in this picture, but trust me, your index finger will thank you.
Now, here's where it gets good. Put your noodles back in the pot. Add this:
(depending on taste). And your vinegar and sugar.
Mix it all up really well. This next step is super important and will determine the success of your meal. Taste test. If there's not enough tanginess, add more vinegar. If there's too much tanginess, add a little sugar and some olive oil. OLIVE OIL. Not more sesame oil, you'll regret it, trust me.
Stir in your almonds, sesame seeds and veggies.
And that's it! Simply easy! Simply yummy!
Would you like the actual recipe? Oh, well, ok.
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So quick. So cheap. Or should I say: SO.QUICK.SO.CHEAP.YUM.