Quick and Tasty Asian-Inspired Noodle Salad

A simple and tasty dish to prepare.
Asian-Inspired Noodle Salad – A simple and tasty dish to prepare when you are short on time.

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a quick and tasty meal that everyone in the family will enjoy. My repertoire of these types of meals is somewhat tired and predictable. Fortunately a precious friend from back home came to my rescue the other day when she emailed me a recipe for her Asian-inspired noodle salad. She was prompted by the photo of my pohon jeruk nipis (lime tree) that I had posted on Instagram. As the recipe calls for the use of a generous amount of lime juice, my friend figured that I could use the limes from my tree in her salad recipe.

The Jeruk Nipis tree that inspired the sharing of this recipe
The Jeruk Nipis tree that inspired the sharing of this recipe

I had bought my lovely citrus tree earlier that day from our local mobile nurseryman. He regularly walks the streets of our neighbourhood, pulling his cart filled with an assortment of plants including orchids, herbs and of course citrus. After some friendly bargaining, we arrived at a price that we were both happy with. I then proudly carried my lovely garden addition home.

That evening I shelved my idea of making chilli beef & bean tacos (‘didn’t we have that for dinner the other night, Mum?’) and instead pulled out all the ingredients for this recipe, which I happened to have in my fridge and pantry. ‘Hey presto!’ a quick, tasty and nutritious meal was served up that evening much to the delight of my family.

Quick and Tasty Asian-Inspired Noodle Salad 
(serves 6 – 8 persons, when accompanied by chicken skewers)

Ingredients

200g packet of rice noodles (or any other variety of noodle that is suitable for salad-style recipes eg: soba)
1 lebanese cucumber – halved lengthwise and sliced diagonally
200g cherry tomatoes
1 cup fresh mint leaves – roughly chopped
1 cup fresh coriander leaves – roughly chopped
1 stalk lemongrass (white only) – finely chopped
2 small red chillies – finely chopped (remove seeds if less heat desired)
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup juice from jeruk nipis (local Indonesian limes)
2 tbsp coconut sugar (or palm sugar)
1/4 cup roasted peanuts – roughly chopped

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All ingredients are locally grown and produced, ensuring this recipe delivers maximum freshness & taste. Moreover, due to minimal transport time, nutrient quality and quantity is not compromised

Method

1. Cook noodles until ‘al dente’. Drain and place in large serving bowl. Add cucumber, tomatoes, mint and coriander
2. Whisk lemongrass, chilli, fish sauce, sugar and lime juice
3. Add to noodles then sprinkle with peanuts

To add more protein to the meal, I like to also prepare some chicken skewers, which are served with a mildly spiced peanut sauce.

Hint: sometimes it can be difficult to extract the juice from jeruk nipis. By rolling the whole fruit across a hard surface a few times before cutting in half, the juice is more easily released from the flesh.

Selamat Makan! (Enjoy your meal!) This noodle salad has been prepared with a mix of rice noodles and Javara carrot noodles, to add even more colour and interest to the dish.
Selamat Makan! (Enjoy your meal!) This noodle salad (above) has been prepared with a mix of rice noodles and Javara carrot noodles, to add even more colour and interest to the dish.

Words: Jo  Photography: a journey bespoke

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    this sounds totally fresh and delish. i’m often stuck for what to make for dinner, my typical western favourites costing an arm and two legs in Jakarta. i love that this dish uses so many ingredients that are cheap and easily sourced here!

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Erica, Thanks for your comment. We agree, the prices for many western-style grocery items are cringe-worthy. We will keep sourcing and sharing recipes that allow us all to enjoy tasty, healthy meals that don’t require a bank loan! So good to be using locally grown produce too. Bye for now!

  2. hani nandana says

    Oh this is just sooooo delicious and healthy too with all those raw vegies……..it is filling, tasty and healthy……beautiful…many thanks for the recipe

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Clara – so nice to hear from you and wonderful to know that you are reading ‘a journey bespoke’. We will continue to source recipes that use local ingredients and are also healthy and tasty. We’d love to know what you think of the Noodle Salad! I’ve made it a couple of times since its publication and it has been well received! Take care 🙂

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