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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
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Directions

  1. To a large pan on high heat, add the oil. When hot, add the tofu cubes. Stir every few minutes to ensure the tofu cooks evenly on all sides, but careful to not over-stir as this can cause the tofu to crumble. When lightly golden on all sides, add the ketjap, toss to coat, and remove from the heat.
  2. To a large pot or wok on medium-high heat, add the sesame oil, shallots, garlic, and broccoli and cook for about 6 minutes.
  3. To a large heat-proof bowl or pot, add the ramen noodles and pour boiling water over top. Cover and let sit to soften for 4 - 5 minutes. We ideally want to drain when the noodles are 2 minutes away from being al dente. If using noodles that are not quick-cooking, simply cook according to the package instructions, and drain 2 minutes before they are fully cooked. Run the noodles under cold water.
  4. Add the drained noodles to the large pot containing the broccoli and shallot mixture. Also add in the bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, soy sauce, and sambal. Toss everything to coat, and continue to cook until the noodles are fully cooked and everything is heated through.
  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 50%

quick-cooking ramen noodles

Proteins 10%

firm tofu

Fruits & Veggies 40%

medium shallot

clove garlic

small broccoli

red bell pepper

cherry tomatoes

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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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!