Instant noodles with Japanese sesame sauce

“Japanese sesame sauce noodle dish, simply top with your favourite ingredients to make a good additions to the dish, as desired.”

This recipe came to me from one of my office buddies, Joyce. She loved this noodles dish for its effortless cooking method and the delicious taste of the Japanese sesame sauce, likeable by the family. So, I took her recommendation and got a bottle of the sesame sauce off the shelves. Tried it and I liked it. Most importantly, it’s so easy and quick to prepare as a simple lunch or dinner. A great recipe to busy working class.

The choice of toppings in this noodle dish is variable, as your wish. I thought there were too many elements on my plate as I tried making it a more balance diet by assembling many different kinds of greens and meat ingredients which added up a large chunk altogether. Well, reduce or modify the additions, if necessary, as there is no hard and fuss rule in this recipe.

Simply get a bottle of this delicious Japanese sesame sauce at Japanese products shelf in major supermarkets. This noodles dish can be prepared in a flash!

Find out here how easy it is to prepare this:

Ingredients
2 squares of instant noodles (*I used Non-Fried instant noodle from Koka brand for healthier choice)
4 – 5 heaping spoons of Japanese sesame sauce
150 grams of broccoli florets
1 Japanese cucumber, diced
150 grams of minced pork meat, seasoned with light soy sauce and corn starch
2 slices of picnic ham, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 pot of water (to blanch noodles)
1 pot of iced water

Optional Garnishing:
1 teaspoon of white sesame, lightly toasted/ sautéed for 5 minutes

Method
1) Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add noodles to cook till soften, for 3 minutes. Remove from pot, and quickly plunge the cooked noodles into the iced water for 5 seconds. Then, transfer it back to the hot water and plunge for 5 seconds. Remove and drain. Place noodles into a large bowl, add olive oil and mix well to avoid sticking. Divide noodles into plates. Set aside.

2) In a separate pot, bring water to a boil. Add some sugar and blanch broccoli for 2 minutes. Remove and drain. In a wok/ large saucepan, heat oil over high fire. Add garlic and sauté till fragrant. Then, add in seasoned minced meat and ham, stir fry for 2 minutes. Add in the blanched broccoli and cucumber, continue to stir fry for 2 minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Stir fry to combine well. Heat off. Dish up and top it on the noodles.

3) Finally, top Japanese sesame sauce and sprinkle some toasted sesame. Serve warm.

This Japanese sesame sauce tastes so pleasant and fragrant, leaving the aroma of sesame in the palate after taste. Add more sesame sauce to intensify the flavour of the noodle dish, if desired. Toss the noodle and toppings before digging in!

A portion of my quick sesame sauce noodles counts about 380kcal. Calorie intake varies with the modification of toppings.

Variations: Use chicken fillet strips or prawns with carrots or asparagus over my listed toppings. Choice of noodles can be varied, too. Use soba noodle, if desired.

Tips: A bottle of this Japanese sesame sauce costs about S$7-8 and available at major supermarkets. It comes in original and garlic flavours, for your consideration. This instant sesame sauce is also great to use as green salad dressing, or as dipping sauce for fried tofu dish, prawn fritters or chicken nuggets.
* As for the white sesame for garnishing use, toast sesame in oven at 150°C or sauté on stove over low heat, for 3 – 5 minutes.