Friday, February 13, 2009

Tempeh and Curry Noodles

This is Pineapple Coconut Curry Noodles and Tempeh Fries with Wasabi Mayo from Vegan Express.

I had a craving for soba noodles the other day, so I saw this recipe and thought I would try it. I wasn't sure that the kids would eat the soba, which was $5.29 for the package! So I used whole wheat spaghetti ($1.59) instead. Wow, whole wheat noodles have come such a long way. For many years I wouldn't eat them because they were so heavy and strange. Now they really don't taste that different from regular, and they have so much more fiber. I think they will be a regular in our house. These are Ronzoni brand from the supermarket. They also have flax seed in them, so they even have some omega 3's. I will save the soba, which conveniently are already divided into individual serving size, for myself! As for the recipe, it was quite delicious, with the noodles soaking up the coconut milk and Thai spices. This is the first time I have cooked with lemongrass. It is quite a lovely flavor.

You know I am not a lover of tempeh (except for Fakin' Bacon), but this was easy and good. It is simply sliced and sauteed in a mix of olive oil and tamari. I did not pre-steam the tempeh, and still the bitter flavor was gone! I was going to add maple syrup to make it more bacon-like, but decided to try the recipe straight first. It was good as is, and no sugar! The mayo was good, too. My wasabi powder was actually horseradish, even though I bought it right from the sushi counter. I had read that most of what's sold as wasabi is actually horseradish, and in fact when I read the label I discovered that this is true!

And a surpise - kid #2, who is a very fussy eater, ate the tempeh, while kid #1, who eats everything, would not eat it!


Ricki said...

Love tempeh--and I love that cookbook--so I know this will be a hit in our home! (Well, maybe the HH is more like Kid #1!)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I don't have that cookbook yet! The recipe sounds like something we'd love.

River said...

The Tempeh Fries look really good, and I am not a big tempeh person either! That's funny that your kids had a Freaky Friday moment with that meal!

twoveganboys said...

This recipe looks and sounds delicious.

trina said...

This sounds like a great meal! I've been on a bit of a curry noodle kick here too.