garbage noodles

okay that’s a gross title, but that’s pretty much what this recipe is. garbage, because it’s just all the stuff that’s already in my fridge needing to be used (and probably yours too!), so no cooking involved. just putting a bunch of stuff in a bowl and — gasp! — using the microwave. so maybe this isn’t a recipe so much as a, “hey this is a really yummy lunch, you should have it, too.”

the key to this life-alteringly simple lunch is the sauce. it’s all in the sauce! also, is life-alteringly a word?


not sure if it’s a byproduct of being married to a japanese dude or being married to a chef.. but we seem to always have a bag of rice noodles in the fridge. you know, just cook more than you need and then keep the rest in a ziplock. so handy.

make the sauce, toss the noodles in the sauce, top with whatever left over meat (or tofu) you have in the fridge and voila!

here’s how i make it:


olive oil
soy sauce
sesame oil
fish sauce
sesame seeds

i go 1:1 with the olive oil and soy sauce, then half as much sesame oil, fish sauce and sriracha. add a spoonfull of sesame seeds and whisk together with a fork.

that’s a good template to start with, but if you like more of something add more! i usually go a little heavy handed with the soy sauce, but you do your thing! these are your garbage noodles!


it whisks together like this, and gets kind of thick.

add the rice noodles and toss to coat.


pop your favorite topping on, into the microwave for a minute or so… and there you have it!

the most simple, delicious, #notasaddesklunch you’ve ever had!

or x4 the sauce and serve for dinner. top the noodles with some blanched veggies and pork belly, or tofu or whatever sounds good and when you friends ask you where you got the recipe tell them it came from some girl who lives with a chef and pretends she’s one, too. ; )



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he's a culinary institute of america grad in medical school. she's a journalist, who prior to their meeting, used the oven solely for storage.

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