Actually I wanted to write exactly here and now about how angry I am at myself for forgetting to add the cilantro and lime to the dish but then I went on Facebook for like two minutes and remembered that I’m even angrier about something else. By the way I’m not an overall angry person, but you have to admit that there is so much crap going on in this world right now, it’s hard to not get angry. Has anyone of you non-germans heard about what happened at the train station in cologne on NYE? On January 1st the media went crazy with stories about approximately 1000 North African and Arab men attacking and robbing women. Let me tell you what makes me that angry about it:
1. Of course they made a direct link to refugees in our country, even though at this point NO ONE knew who those people were and where they came from. No one was arrested and it was all assumptions. You can be sure that this instance has been happily exploited by any right wing movement since then.
2. Media going at it like vultures for carrion. There was basically zero facts in any article, only a lot of presumptions, hustle and pointing fingers. I know, I know, nothing new here, but this blew up even bigger than usually.
3. Women are groped, harassed and raped every day, everywhere! Like this is news! Or does it only matter if the rapist is not from this country? I’m absolutely pro media attention when it comes to the protection of women against sexism, but please all the time and every time!
4. Where was our good friend, the police? Where are they when you need them? I don’t want to use the term useless, but I can’t really wrap my head around their purpose most of the time.
To get to a point: Of course this needs to be taken seriously and I’m more than happy that for once, women had the guts to press charges. Sexism and violence against women needs to stop, but please be real. This was never about women being attacked, this was about supposedly foreign men ‘invading’ our country. And if anyone ever again gives a recommendation like ‘women should keep an arm-length distance’ I might snap completely. Just saying.
But hey, let’s cheer up. Luckily food is always there to cheer you up and it works just fabulous, doesn’t it? You’re sad? Eat some chocolate. You’re angry? Eat something spicy. You’re xyz? Just eat a huge bowl of basically anything you like and enjoy your full belly afterwards. Lately I’ve been ordering a unusually big amount of food in, and that’s just because I fell in love with one certain dish at one certain take-away. It’s udon noodles with veggies and tofu and its daaah-licious. So I decided to recreate it myself, in order to keep some money in my pocket.
This Udon Noodle Stir Fry is done in under 30 minutes and a perfect weekday dinner, loaded with crunchy veggies, as well as tofu and black eyed beans for protein. And the spicy sauce is just the best and can be easily adjusted to taste. I like mine quite spicy, so I added a little bit more siracha than written in the recipe below. As usual nearly any ingredient can be replaced with equal ingredients, for example beans with other legumes or the radicchio with napa cabbage or greens. Just make your own version according to your likings and what you already have in the fridge.
I really encourage you to pay a visit to your local Asian supermarket, there is so much great stuff to find (and often it’s a lot cheaper), like authentic udon noodles, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame and so on.
For the stir fry:
2 portions udon noodles (about 180 grams)
1 small head of broccoli, dissected into small florets
200 gram extra firm tofu, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 head of radicchio, sliced thinly
100 gram carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/2 can of black eyed beans (about 200 grams)
For the sauce:
3 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon siracha
1 tablespoon agave syrup
2 teaspoon peanut oil (or other vegetable oil)
For garnish (optional):
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1. In a medium sized pot bring water to a boil and cook udon noodles as instructed.
2. Steam your broccoli in another small pot for 5 minutes, then remove and set aside.
3. In the meantime combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and stir until well combined.
4. Heat up the oil in a wok or pan and fry the tofu cubes until golden. Add the onions and cook until see-through, then add the radicchio and carrots and cook for five minutes while stirring.
5. Last but not least add the beans, broccoli, sauce and noodles to the wok/pan and cook a few more minutes while stirring.
6. Set on plates and garnish with sesame seeds, cilantro and chili threads.