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Spicy Garlic Wok Noodles

40 min

Meal

This is a new and improved update on our favourite spicy garlic wok noodles! It's loaded with veggies, and is an ultra-flexible recipe. Change up the veggies based on what you have in the fridge - green beans, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, or bean sprouts - they all work great!

Servings

Total

40 min

Prep

15 min

Cook

25 min

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Ingredients

Seasoned tofu

Stir fry

  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
    sesame oil
  • 3
    medium shallots, minced
  • 5
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1
    small broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 6.5 oz (185 g)
    quick-cooking ramen noodles
  • 1
    red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 cup (149 g)
    cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    sambal oelek, or less for less spice

Optional garnish

  • sliced green onion
  • toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. To a non-stick large pan on high heat, add the oil. When hot, add the tofu. Stir every few minutes, but be careful not to over-stir as the tofu can crumble. When lightly golden on all sides, add the ketjap, toss to coat, and remove from the heat.
  2. To a sauté pan or wok on medium-high heat, add the sesame oil, shallots, garlic, and broccoli and cook for 6 minutes.
  3. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Ideally, drain when the noodles are 2 minutes away from being al dente*. Run the noodles under cold water.
  4. Add the drained noodles to the pan with the broccoli. Also add in the tofu, bell pepper, tomatoes, soy sauce, and sambal. Toss to coat, and heat until the noodles are fully cooked.
  5. Serve in your favourite bowls, top with desired garnish, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Ketjap is a slightly thick, sweetened soy sauce commonly used in Indonesian cuisine.

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Grains & Starches 38%

quick-cooking ramen noodles

Proteins 13%

firm tofu

Fruits & Veggies 49%

medium shallot

clove garlic

small broccoli

red bell pepper

cherry tomato

Calcium

firm tofu

Fat

vegetable oil

sesame oil

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Viktorija - Nov. 14, 2022, 6:09 p.m.

I had this for dinner and it was so good! I didn’t have Ketjap manis so I used Healthy boy sweet soy sauce and a bit of light soy sauce and it was delicious :)

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2022, 2:32 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it, Viktorija 😃


Fernanda - Oct. 3, 2022, 10:22 a.m.

This recipe has become a staple at our house. It is super tasty and nutritious, and surprisingly easy to make. I often use red onion instead of shallots and i add some grated ginger with the garlic if i have it and it turns out wonderful. Thank you Sadia and Robin! :)

PUL Team - Oct. 5, 2022, 4:04 p.m.

So thrilled it's being enjoyed, Fernanda, and love the substitutions!


rad - Sept. 25, 2022, 3:30 a.m.

Didn't love this exact combo of flavors, but the basic format of the recipe is useful :)

PUL Team - Sept. 25, 2022, 5:22 p.m.

Hey Rad, thanks for taking the time to share the honest feedback. In case It helps, if the tofu coated in ketjap manis (also known as sweet soy sauce) is exposed to heat for too long the sugar can start to burn which might impact the flavor 😊


SW - Aug. 11, 2022, 4:19 p.m.

So fantastic!!! I came across your page via a random referral from a stranger. Wow, did I ever luck out. I've tried several of your recipes now. I totally love how bold and creative they are... All blending flavors to well. This was the first time I've ever attempted to cook Tofu! Such a cool first for myself and family. I did cut the cubes in 1cm squares and they tasted great but after looking at your photos I wondered if 1cm actually was meant to read 1 inch cubes? Regardless, totally amazing. Thanks for sharing your gift for food! We love it here in Northern Alabama USA.

PUL Team - Aug. 13, 2022, 3:47 a.m.

Hey SW, sending our warmest welcome to the PUL community! We personally like it when the cubes are on the smaller side for the crunch, perhaps a tad closer to 1.5 cm but we rounded down for simplicity 🙂 A larger size is fine too though. Hugs to Northern Alabama 🤗


carolina - Aug. 3, 2022, 9:04 p.m.

I dont know if it's weird but i mixed it with avocado and it was yummy!

Thanks for your recipes! Now i enjoy cooking 🙂

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2022, 12:58 a.m.

Not weird at all! So glad it was enjoyed, Carolina 😃


s - July 31, 2022, 7:33 p.m.

this was lovely, and my whole family loved it! i used cabbage and home-grown green beans and added some tahini while cooking, and also baked the tofu because i have no patience. added a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and some sliced avocados on the top! thank you for another wonderful recipe :)

PUL Team - July 31, 2022, 9:45 p.m.

Hey there, S, we're so glad the recipe was enjoyed with the modifications! Do let us know if you have any other feedback 🙂


Kara - July 26, 2022, 4:16 a.m.

This was such an easy weeknight dinner! I crumbled the tofu because I like the texture a little better that way, but I have never thought to use stir fry noodles in my home cooking. I saw some stir fry noodles at the store and knew I had to make this - it did not disappoint!

PUL Team - July 26, 2022, 7:50 a.m.

Ooo crumbling the tofu is a cool idea, Kara! Thank you 😃


Lieke - July 19, 2022, 2:15 p.m.

This is honestly sooo good! We have this pretty much on weekly rotation since the moment you posted this. It's also so easy and quick to make! Nutritious, delicious, filling and easy, what more could you want? I can now make it from the top of my head :) Thank you so much!

PUL Team - July 20, 2022, 3:47 a.m.

Woop woop! Thank you for the glowing review, Lieke, it means so much 🤗


Steffen - June 22, 2022, 7:19 p.m.

Love this one, through this recipe I learned about Ketjap Manis, a revelation, thank you sooo much, greetings from Germany 👋

PUL Team - June 24, 2022, 12:21 a.m.

So happy to hear, Steffen! Sending love to Germany ☺️


Martin - June 9, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

This recipe is such a good example of how Pick Up Limes has really helped me improve the joy I experience in cooking! I make these all the time now

PUL Team - June 11, 2022, 12:01 a.m.

Oh, Martin, it means so much! Thank you for helping make our PUL community so incredible 🙂


Melody - May 22, 2022, 8:18 p.m.

I want to echo some of the other comments about how beautiful your blog is! The colors and presentation make me just want to sit here and scroll to see all the pictures. Great job!

I just have a question about instant ramen noodles. I was doing a search for them and it seems that there is quite a bit of talk about how unhealthy they are and shouldn't be eaten very often. The concern seems to be about TBHQ, as well as high sodium. Just wondering if it's ever been a concern to you or if you know if some brands might be healthier than others?

PUL Team - May 24, 2022, 1:19 a.m.

Hey Melody. thanks for the kind words and question 🙂 We personally enjoy ramen occasionally for its convenience although some brands are indeed higher in sodium. Plant-based lifestyles including a variety of whole foods generally don’t have excess amounts of sodium in them, so we do enjoy some higher sodium meals occasionally. In case it helps and you're interested, an alternative noodle can be used instead. We hope this helps for now!


Gitte - May 22, 2022, 9:53 a.m.

We all liked it 😊


Charlotte - May 14, 2022, 10:08 p.m.

This recipe has become such a go-to in our household for the flavours, flexibility of veggies you can use and the time it takes to make. I used to make it quite a lot last year and I enjoy the new updated version even more! Such a colourful delicious dish! 😍

PUL Team - May 15, 2022, 11:33 p.m.

We're smiling from ear to ear, Charlotte - thank you!


Arjun - May 13, 2022, 11:17 a.m.

Could I replace ketjap with hoisin sauce? Since it's also mildly sweet and has soy-sauce-like stuff(?). This looks absolutely gorgeous though, can't wait to try it.

PUL Team - May 14, 2022, 10:35 p.m.

Hey Arjun, yes you could. Soy sauce can alternatively be used as well if desired 🙂


Emma - May 5, 2022, 9:36 p.m.

Easy. Divine recipe! Thank you.


Monica - May 5, 2022, 6:51 a.m.

This is one of my favorite recipes- delicious and easy to make.

PUL Team - May 6, 2022, 12:26 a.m.

So happy to hear, Monica, thank you!


Catherine - May 4, 2022, 4:37 p.m.

Hello :) I cooked your recipe Monday and I just froze half the recipe. But I just wondered if it could be frozen or if it was not recommended?
Thanks for your work it's Amazing

PUL Team - May 7, 2022, 7:39 p.m.

Hey Catherine! We haven't tested this one out recently, although we found that the tofu can hold on to ice crystals with its porous structure, so when the dish thaws it becomes more liquidy and soggy. We hope this helps for now and you enjoy it 😃


Angie - April 14, 2022, 8:29 a.m.

My husband and I truly love this recipe. Thank you!

PUL Team - April 14, 2022, 7:01 p.m.

Thank you, Angie, so happy to hear!


Madeleine - March 14, 2022, 11:27 a.m.

So tasty, only used 1 tbsp of sambal. Thank you for this delicious recipe 😄 (tastes great as left overs)

PUL Team - March 14, 2022, 10:29 p.m.

So happy to hear, Madeleine, thanks a bunch 😃


Agathe Fontaine - March 6, 2022, 10:23 a.m.

Hello PUL ! I have a question : I want to make this recipe for lunch but I only have 200 g of smoked tofu... Does it still work ?

PUL Team - March 7, 2022, 5:42 a.m.

Hey Agathe, you can use the smoked tofu if desired. The tofu will be tougher and have a smokier taste as you may imagine. Since it's already smoked it will also need less time to on pan, such as a few minutes only, so you could add it closer to the end of the recipe :)


Bahbi - Feb. 16, 2022, 8:34 p.m.

Very tasty! Easy and enjoyable to make. I only put 1 tbsp of sambal however! But so yummy! Thank you
Got all the ingredients and am looking forward to using them on other recipes.
Love your website!

PUL Team - Feb. 16, 2022, 10:32 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Bahbi, thank you! Happy cooking ✨


Simi - Feb. 11, 2022, 6:13 p.m.

Oh my, this is so delicious. I made it today and I cannot help stealing the noodles from the pan throughout the day. I love how flavourful and simple is this meal.

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 2:24 a.m.

So glad the noodles are being are being enjoyed, Simi, thank you!


Drew - Feb. 2, 2022, 10:56 a.m.

Do you happen to know where I can buy different firmnesses of tofu in Amsterdam? At the Jumbo and A-H they just have "tofu", no firmness indicated.

PUL Team - Feb. 3, 2022, 1:53 a.m.

Hey Drew! Our team in the Netherlands either uses the one from AH or the one from Amazing Sang Lee. They're both firm, but not "extra firm" as often found in North American grocery stores, so it helps to give the block a good squeeze with your hands to drain any excess liquid. The toko's also tend to carry dessert (soft) tofu. We hope this helps for now 😊

Drew - Feb. 3, 2022, 12:11 p.m.

Thanks!


GM - Jan. 12, 2022, 9:18 p.m.

So delicious and so simple! Didn't have any of the fancy indonesian things, but it was good with just soy sauce :)

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 10:55 p.m.

We're so thrilled it was enjoyed, GM, thanks for sharing your experience with it 😃


Salome van Ingen - Jan. 12, 2022, 6:46 p.m.

Very tasty! Also great to switch f.e. the tomatos with bok choy.
What could be some good alternatives for the spicy sauce?

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 10:50 p.m.

A lovely idea, Salome van Ingen, thanks! You could omit the sambal oelek for a less spicy sauce. Alternatively, you may be interested in our peanut lime sauce (pickuplimes.com/recipe/vegeta…) or a soy-sesame based sauce (such as in pickuplimes.com/recipe/black-…) if you haven't already seen them. We hope this helps for now 😃


Stefanie Bowers - Jan. 9, 2022, 2:55 a.m.

This was delicious! I am gluten free, so I had to use the closest to ramen noodles I could find, but it turned out great!

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:33 a.m.

Hi Stefanie! We're so happy to hear - thank you 🙂


Brandy Renton - Jan. 5, 2022, 6:42 p.m.

Have made this a few times now and we love it. I’ve adjusted it slightly adding some minced red chillis. Absolutely delish!

PUL Team - Jan. 6, 2022, 5:21 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Brandy!


Debbie - Jan. 2, 2022, 3:52 a.m.

It was good. Easy to add more veggies.


Iyana - Dec. 27, 2021, 2:38 p.m.

Hey, I just wanted to double-check with you that the nutritional info is accurate for one serving? It says that the recipe makes two servings and one serving has 99 g of carbohydrates and 30 g of protein. Just from looking over the ingredients list, it seems a bit too much to me - is it really the nutritional info for one serving or for the whole recipe?
Also, I love that the nutrition info is hidden at first!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

Hey Iyana, thanks for the question and feedback! It's super appreciated to help us improve 🙂 We're gone in and double-checked, and the information appears to be an accurate estimate on our end. Indeed it's provided for two servings as well.

We used approximately 3 packets of noodles in total (so 1.5 packets per serving) for this one which contributes to the bulk of the carbohydrates. The protein is mainly from the tofu, although other ingredients accumulate to provide more protein per serving. We've adjusted things slightly so the overall protein is a tad lower in any case. Kindly note that as the disclaimer mentions, the information provided is just an estimate. Factors such as different products, brands, or portions can impact the nutritional content. If you need specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dietitian or physician. We hope this helps for now and do let us know if there are any other questions 😃


Katie - Dec. 24, 2021, 2:44 p.m.

Such a big fan of this recipe! Even tho i couldn’t find traditional indonesian sauces here in the middle of Russia it came out great. I used sodium reduced soy sauce and sri racha hot sauce. The colors in the plate were so vibrant couldnt help but share the photos with my friends. Comes out pretty pricey tho and thats probably the only disadvantage there is.

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 5:55 p.m.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this one, Katie! We're so happy the recipe was enjoyed. Hopefully, soon we can share more budget-friendly noodles 🤗


Jan - Dec. 24, 2021, 12:34 p.m.

Really amazing. I used sambal brandal instead of oelek, but also the tofu with the ketjap manis is amazing.

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

Thanks for sharing the modifications, Jan!


Vanessa - Dec. 12, 2021, 2:03 p.m.

I had it with peanuts and loved it. I think pineapple would be great with it. Thanks for sharing the receipe.
Best wishes and congrats to you :)

PUL Team - Dec. 13, 2021, 8:12 a.m.

Aw so lovely to hear, Vanessa - thanks a bunch 🤗


Amy - Dec. 11, 2021, 7:42 p.m.

Fantastic recipe! It’s become a true favourite in our house. Very versatile with easily swapped out ingredients. We’ve got a few different recipes of yours in regular rotation now, looking forward to trying more.

PUL Team - Dec. 12, 2021, 10:13 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Amy! Happy cooking 😃


Alzbeta - Dec. 9, 2021, 12:37 p.m.

These are the best! We did our vegan challenge (we are not vegans) and we enjoyed this meal the most! Amazing.

PUL Team - Dec. 9, 2021, 4:31 p.m.

Soo happy the recipe was enjoyed, Alzbeta!


Kellan - Dec. 7, 2021, 10:09 p.m.

Just made these last night and LOVED how easy and delicious these were! Doubled the recipe for tasty leftovers today :) Definitely added to our weeknight meal rotation. So grateful for PUL and their simple yet amazing recipes.

PUL Team - Dec. 8, 2021, 3:20 a.m.

Hi Kellan, oh it means so much to hear the very kind words and glowing feedback - thank you 🥰 Happy cooking!


adrian - Dec. 5, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

One of my favourites! Simple, easy ingredients and delicious. You must give it a try :)


Louis - Dec. 2, 2021, 3:57 p.m.

As a Web-Developer myself, I have to acknowledge the beauty of your webdesign! I love how your site has developed and I find a great pleasure in discovering new tiny features like the cross-out-ingredients-function. You have by far the best Food-Blog I know and thank you for sharing all these amazing recipes. :)

PUL Team - Dec. 2, 2021, 5:34 p.m.

Aw you're too kind, Louis! Thank you for the kind words and incredible feedback - it means so much ✨


Monica - Nov. 28, 2021, 8:08 p.m.

Thank you, it's the most wonderful meal!


Kim - Nov. 24, 2021, 9:45 a.m.

This was really nice! Instead of shallots I used some chopped up leek and also left out the chilli for my daughter. Will definitely make again, thank you 😊

PUL Team - Nov. 24, 2021, 8:36 p.m.

Thanks for sharing the adjustments with us, Kim! We're so happy the noodles were enjoyed ✨


Inge - Nov. 23, 2021, 6:33 p.m.

Loved this recipe! It is really easy to make and not very expensive. Also just a very big fan of noodles, so I definitely will be making this recipe more often 😊

PUL Team - Nov. 24, 2021, 7:58 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Inge, thank you for taking the time to share!


Marijn - Nov. 19, 2021, 6:33 p.m.

Wow I didn't expect it was THIS good! As a student, I can say that this is a really good option if you are on a budget and do not have much time to cook. Usually, I don't really enjoy tofu, but this tofu is delicious and fits well in the recipe. Thanks!

PUL Team - Nov. 20, 2021, 5:20 a.m.

Aw so lovely to hear, Marijn, thank you for the kind words! Best of luck with your studies ✨


Newbie_Rookie_00 - Nov. 18, 2021, 5:18 a.m.

Very savory! Enjoying my blossoming in the kitchen and I'm happy you guys are the spark of this journey... (from a far!) :D
S/O to Robin for sharing! I was looking "for delicious noodles" and I'm glad you got me covered. Ha!

PUL Team - Nov. 19, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for taking the time to share 😊


Cassandra - Nov. 16, 2021, 11 p.m.

This will be added to my dinner rotation from now on. So delicious and bursting with flavors! I love that you always incorporate Indonesian recipes :D


Doret Verberne - Nov. 16, 2021, 7:13 p.m.

What a delicious, warm comfy food! So easy to make and it smells delicious. Love to top the dish with sesame seads. This will be a dish I will make every week! Thank you for sharing the recipe and so easy to follow with the youtube video. Keep up the good work, I’m a big fan!

PUL Team - Nov. 17, 2021, 1:58 a.m.

Oh, Doret, this means so much! Thank you for the kind words and for being part of our PUL family 🤗


Phison - Nov. 13, 2021, 6:15 p.m.

This was delicious! It was a hit with my children! We made our own ketjap manis and follow your instructions for the tofu to a T. Will become a staple in this house. Thanks again!

PUL Team - Nov. 13, 2021, 11:47 p.m.

Woohoo! Thank you for taking the time to share, Phison 🤗


Alica - Nov. 10, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

I'm so glad there's the option swap for gochujang! Here in Japan, Sambal Oelek is (mysteriously) impossible to find. Asking for PUL's expertise here: what is the difference between Sambal, Sambal Kokita, Sambla Oelek? (first two are the only ones found here) Are these interchangeable? I would love to, because it would mean so many PUL's recipes would finally be accessible to me here!

PUL Team - Nov. 11, 2021, 1:25 a.m.

Hi Alica! That's a lovely question. Our understanding is that 'Sambal' refers to a sauce made from chile peppers. The sauce can be made with other ingredients or with different processing (such as with a Mortar and Pestle) which leads to variations, such as Sambal Oelek. Kokita appears to be a brand that sells Sambal, so perhaps the chile peppers are processed in a slightly different way than traditional Sambal Oelek?

Either option should be interchangeable, adding more or less to taste. We hope this helps for now ☺️


Vera - Nov. 9, 2021, 9:16 p.m.

Very moreish! Sadly I didn't have any tofu but butter beans were actually really nice in this. Top tip: spaghetti noodles are the perfect texture for fried noodles and they capture flavour really well. Thanks for this recipe.

PUL Team - Nov. 10, 2021, 2:01 a.m.

Thanks for the tip, Vera, and the kind words are so appreciated! Happy cooking ☺️


Marie-Elisa - Nov. 6, 2021, 4:55 p.m.

Fast and tasty. I highly recommend!

PUL Team - Nov. 6, 2021, 7:08 p.m.

Thank you for the kinds words, Marie-Elisa!


jim - Aug. 31, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

easy to make and really tasty! :>


Clare - Aug. 25, 2021, 3 p.m.

Super delicious recipe! My dish was a bit salty as I used normal soy sauce instead of sodium-reduced, so don't be like me and listen to the recipe :D


Meera - July 11, 2021, 3:15 p.m.

This was yummy!


Chelsea - July 8, 2021, 7:14 p.m.

A lovely noodle recipe that's super customizable with whatever ingredients you have! Also my first time trying sambal and it's spicy and a bit sweet!


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:36 p.m.

This is yet another PUL favorite which I made several times in a non-spicy version and with mushrooms! 😁

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

A wonderful way to mix it up with mushrooms! So thrilled you enjoyed it, Cris 😃


zoe - April 14, 2021, 2:08 p.m.

love it!

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 6:50 p.m.

Thank you, Zoe!