So, this one goes out to all of you heat seekers!
The simple sauce for this recipe uses only pantry staples and perfectly balances sweet, salty, and spicy. The richness of the butter helps smooth everything out, cilantro adds a fresh note, and the green onions lend a savory back note. It all just works and it happens to be incredibly simple. That's what I'm talkin' about.
I made a small two serving batch because I just wanted something quick and easy. You could easily scale this up, if needed. If you want a heartier dish, try using two eggs rather than just one. Also, I used two tablespoons of butter, which made for a very rich and delicious sauce, but I suspect that it would still be amazing if you cut the butter in half.
If you can't find the same noodles that I used, don't fret. You could make this with ramen type noodles or even regular linguine. The noodles are just the vehicle for all of the other yummy ingredients!
Total Recipe cost: $2.04
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Cost per serving: $1.02
Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 10 min. Total: 15 min.
|4 oz.||lo mein noodles||$1.13|
|1/4 tsp||crushed red pepper||$0.02|
|1 Tbsp||brown sugar||$0.02|
|1 Tbsp||soy sauce||$0.02|
|1 Tbsp||sriracha (rooster sauce)||$0.08|
|1 handful||fresh cilantro||$0.22|
|1 sliced||green onion||$0.06|
STEP 1: Begin to boil water for the noodles. Once the water reaches a full boil, add the noodles and cook according to the package directions (boil for 5-7 minutes).
STEP 2: While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.
STEP 3: In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add the red pepper to the butter as it melts. Whisk an egg in a bowl and then add to the melted butter. Stir gently and cook through. Once the egg is done cooking, turn off the heat.
STEP 4: When the noodles are tender, drain the water and then add them to the skillet with the cooked egg. Also add the prepared sauce. Turn the heat on to low to evaporate excess moisture, and stir until everything is coated well with the sauce. Sprinkle the sliced green and cilantro leaves (whole) on top and serve!
Step By Step Photos
These are the noodles that I used, but you could use any other kind. Ramen or regular linguine would probably be good too. I used half of this 8 oz. pack for two servings. Cook the noodles according to the package directions.
While waiting for the pasta water to boil, mix up the sauce. Stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the crushed red pepper to the butter as it melts.
Whisk the egg in a bowl...
Pour the whisked egg into the melted butter and gently stir until cooked. If the noodles are not done cooking yet, turn the heat off on the skillet so that the eggs don't over cook.
When the noodles are finished cooking, drain the water off and then add them to the skillet along with the prepared hot sauce.
Turn the heat on to low to help evaporate excess moisture and stir everything to coat it in the sauce. Lastly, sprinkle the sliced green onion and cilantro leaves over top. I didn't even bother to chop the cilantro. Deeeelish!