Happy Wednesday, guys! Hope your week is peachy? I’m overjoyed that it is finally a couple of degrees warmer and the sun is more of a permanent fixture. It is still a far cry from summer weather, but I feel like we are finally getting there. All I need to do is to find my hammock ropes somewhere in my house move mess and I will be a happy bunny indeed, sunken into this genius invention, an espresso freddo and a book in hand. I cannot wait.
Today’s recipe is another quick midweek meal. It’s easy to make and one of our firm favourites. During my London days, I used to east it very often at Wagamama, but I haven’t realised how easy it is to make until fairly recently. The trickiest thing is the sauce, as traditional yakisoba sauce often contains seafood in the form of oyster or Asian Worcester sauce. If you are lucky enough to have vegan equivalents of these in your cupboard then you are all set. I’ve been looking for either of these in quite a few Bristol stores, including a really well stocked Asian grocer and all I was able to find was a mushroom soy sauce, but coupled with some other umami-rich ingredients: garlic, nutritional yeast and seaweed powder, I have managed to get a sauce that I am happy with.
Once you have got the sauce, the rest is child’s play. As with all stir-fries, the key to success is making sure that your wok and oil are piping hot before you start adding all the ingredients. For this reason, you want to use a high-smoke point frying oil, like rice bran, peanut or soybean oil and exercise a little patience before you crack on. This and keeping to the timings will ensure that your veggies are perfectly sealed on the outside, yet retain a pleasant crunch.
Speaking of veggies, I’ve gone to town here and managed to cram my 5 a day in one dish. You don’t have to go as mad as I did and you can of course swap any veggies out for what you happen to have in the fridge instead. Kale would be a perfect replacement for broccoli and cabbage, for example. And green beans would work just as well as baby corns. Just remember that sturdy veggies need to go in first and things that we tend to eat raw anyway, like peppers or carrots only need a minimal amount of cooking. That’s all there is to it and I hope you’ll enjoy this midweek concoction as much as we do.
PS: If you make my vegan yakisoba, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
**You can buy this, but I you could also simply make your own by grinding nori sheets in a spice grinder. The shop-bought anori is more vibrant in colour as it is made of untoasted nori sheets.