Yes, you read that correctly… Ramen Noodles!! The famously inexpensive – college students’ go-to breakfast/lunch/dinner, can actually be transformed into a delicious and quick home cooked meal! Seriously, just try it! (C’mon… you know you wanna!)
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 2 (3 oz.) packages ramen noodles
- 1 pound sugar snap peas (Broccoli would work just as well)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, thinly sliced crosswise
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2-3 Green onions, sliced
- 2-3 cups Shredded Cabbage
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Whisk together broth, soy sauce and cornstarch- Set this aside, you will use it later. My preference is having it ready ahead of time.
Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add the Snap-Peas or broccoli florets and cook until crisp-tender, approx: 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, or better yet plunge immediately in ice water . This will allow them to remain crisp. Set aside.
Cook ramen noodles (MINUS FLAVORING PACKS, discard those) as package label directs. I suggest boiling them a bit “al dente” (firm to the bite) so they do not become mushy. Don’t be too afraid of under cooking them just a tad, you will be placing them in to the stir fry mix later, which will cook them a bit as well) Drain noodles and set aside.
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak, fry for 2-3 minutes and transfer to a plate.
Add approximately 2 Tbsp. oil to skillet. Stir fry ginger, garlic and green onion for 1 minute (until aromatic).
Add broth, soy sauce and cornstarch mixture to skillet (the one I had you prep before all else) Cook for 1 minute.
Add the snap-peas/broccoli, shredded cabbage and steak to the skillet and stir. (Just until hot)
Finally, Stir in the sesame oil and toss in the ramen noodles; serve hot!
**Top it off with some Siracha sauce, if you like heat!
Now, obviously you can go to your local store and buy rice noodles as well, but I actually love the idea of transforming the ramen, something that is almost always found at home and does not require a special trip to any store!