Simpleton style – because it is, what it is. This is essentially fail proof, unless you happen to be one of those special people with the power to burn everything that touches a frying pan.

This is what I had for lunch. I wanted something immediate, and I wanted it to be warm, spicy and salty. Fried noodles was the choice :) It’s honestly not the best food, and it’s certainly not creative, but hey, when it’s 4pm and you’re hungry, you want something that you don’t have to think too much about ;)

As per usual, my cooking is never measured. I always add things to taste, or just from visual cues. I would fail as a professional cook that’s for sure.

  • dried udon noodles
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • black pepper
  • dark sesame oil (don’t go crazy with this, it is much stronger than ‘regular’ sesame oil, so even half a teaspoon is overkill.)
  • peanut oil (for the ‘sauce’, just enough to coat the noodles)
  • chilli flakes (as much as you can handle, I think I used 1/16th teaspoon, because I’m ridiculous with chilli)
  • tamari (probably no more than 1 teaspoon went into this)
  • slivered almonds
  • pine nuts

Boil the noodles. Stir fry all the other ingredients together, stir fry the garlic first in the peanut oil, then add the black pepper. Add everything else in to taste. Add in the nuts last. When noodles are ready, drain, then dump into the pan, stir fry for about 3 minutes. Eat it now.

Yeah, I know I don’t have my balance checked. There’s no sweet in here, but it fulfills spicy, salty and savoury, and that’s good enough for me at 4pm :) Put in a vegetable like red capsicum for sweetness I suppose, I just *hate* to add sugar to my food.