Mid-week cooking – Spicy stir-fry whole-wheat noodles with tempeh and vegetables

Mid-week cooking with a tasty meatless noodle stir-fry

Mid-week cooking - Spicy stir-fry whole-wheat noodles with tempeh and vegetables


The notion of ‘desperate dinner‘ in this blog article amuses me. I think most of us agree that mid-week cooking can become a chore, boring one I mean. For me, it´s been hard trying to get enough motivation to cook at home almost everyday. I wonder how my mom coped in the past, cooking, raising two kids, doing her PhD and working at the same time? Mind you we did not have any home help back then either. She´s truly an incredible woman. Our meals were simple yet very healthy, all thanks to mom.

I feel like starting a new habit of documenting some of my mid-week meals on this blog. Besides all the more elaborated dishes I love to do when time is available. I am not sure how long this will last. Let´s see. And I am not entirely good you know? If cooking becomes too much, I normally just jump to Chinatown and grab something quick. But with my sister living here, the responsibility has increasesd and so has my efforts for dinner. Well, at least I do not have to wash the dishes. That’s a bonus.

The recipe for today is one of my favourite way of cooking tempeh. I have never been a big fan of tempeh (fermented soya beans) until I discover a tip recently. Marinade it well and the flavour is much more agreeable. Then you can toss it through anything, like I did with this Southeast Asian inspired spicy stir-fry noodles.

Chinese whole-wheat noodles are chosen here, but of course other types of noodles (thin egg or hokien varieties, even thin spaghetti if you wish) can be substituted. Seasonal vegs (whatever you have in the fridge) can be used and substituted freely. Oh, the eggplant is really nice in this dish so try to use it if you can. Korean pepper paste can be found in most Asian stores.

Mid-week cooking - Spicy stir-fry whole-wheat noodles with tempeh and vegetables


Spicy stir-fry whole-wheat noodles with tempeh and vegetables


Ingredients (for 2 servings). Adjust the pepper paste if you don’t like it hot.

150g tempeh, cut into thin strip
1 /2 tbp soy sauce
½ tbp sweet soy sauce (kecap manis )

150g whole-wheat noodles, cook as per packet direction

2 tbp light flavoured oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1tsp minced lemongrass (I used the frozen one)

1 red capsicum (bell pepper), cut into strips
1 small Asian eggplant, cut into 1cm slices
Some broccoli
1 lime leaf, sliced thinly (I freeze the bag of lime leaves)

1 tbp Korean hot pepper paste (Can be substituted with sweet chili sauce. if this is the case, do not use sweet soy sauce for seasoning)

1-2 tsp soy sauce (or to taste)
Sweet soy sauce, to taste

Direction:
1. Marinade the tempeh with two soy sauce for at least 30 mins.
2. Cook the noodles as per package direction, drain well. Keep some cooking liquid around.
3. Heat 1 tbp oil in a wok. Quickly fry the tempeh strip until crsip. Take out and set aside.
4. In the same wok, heat another tbp of oil. Put in garlic& lemongrass.. Stir until fragrant. Now add in your eggplant first. Cook a bit (2 mins) then toss in the rest of the veg. If the mixture is a bit too dry, add in a few tablespoons of hot water (from boiling the noodles). Cotinue to stir until the vegs are cooked but still have some crunchy bite. Toss through the noodles, lime leaf and the tempeh. Add in extra soy sauce, pepper paste and sweet soy sauce to taste. Dish out and serve immediately.

17 Responses to Mid-week cooking – Spicy stir-fry whole-wheat noodles with tempeh and vegetables

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Those healthy noodles look fantastic! A wonderful mid-week dish!

  2. Faith says:

    This looks fantastic! I make tofu all the time but I've actually never worked with tempeh…I think I'll give it a try! ;)

  3. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo this sounds really awesome! I have some tempeh in my freezer but have no idea what to do with it. Thanks for the tip about marinating it! Unfortunately I haven't seen Chinese whole wheat noodles before.

  4. Megan@Feasting on Art says:

    I am always on the look-out for a tasty vegetarian recipe. Meat is so expensive here and right now it is a luxury for me. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gloria says:

    Anh this look amazing and so yummy! gloria

  6. Stephcookie says:

    It looks delicious! Ahh your tip about marinating the tempeh makes so much sense, I've only tried cooking it once and I didn't do that and it was horrible! Thanks!

  7. Belle@Ooh, Look says:

    I've never been a huge fan of tempeh, but your method of cooking it sounds wonderful. And perfect for my healthkick, hehe!

  8. bittersweetblog says:

    Oh fantastic! I'm always looking for new tempeh recipes, and this one sounds perfect, just the sort of flavors I love. :)

  9. Arfi Binsted says:

    looks great, Anh!! I love tempeh.

  10. NQN says:

    I love seeing quick weeknight dinners. I think readers love those as that is what they'd more often cook. This looks wonderful and thanks for the tip on the tempeh. Mr NQN is tempeh fearing but this may help him get over the line.

  11. MeetaK says:

    oh this is my kind of dinner! yum!

  12. shaz says:

    Wow, your mum sounds amazing!! I'm with you on the mid-week dinner hump – I actually had something similar tonight – udon and tofu stir-fry (no I didn't blog it, the kids would have eaten me if I made them wait another minute to take photos!)

  13. Dhanggit says:

    As always you have the magic in making simple dishes look fantastic!! and i miss eating tofu Waaaaaaaa!! have a wonderful mid week!!

  14. Tanya Patrice says:

    I want to add to the oohs and aahs. This looks delicious.

  15. Leslie says:

    Perfect with the whole wheat noodles!

  16. Johanna says:

    I look forward to seeing how gorgeous you can make a mid week meal look – I don't think I have marinated tempeh but now want to try it – that bowlful looks so healthy and tempting

  17. tigerfish says:

    That is healthy eating for a busy you :)

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