Curry Noodle Bowl with Dried Prawns

Curry Noodle Bowl

Recipe for curry noodle bowl with dried prawns

I’ve been off my blog for many months now. I don’t have excuses but I have a few reasons. Mainly because I was out of a job and was on a job hunt for the most part. I’m still only doing work on freelance/consultant basis. It takes its toll on the mind. Without dedication and focus (and money), it’s hard to keep a blog up and running. But I’ve been feeling bad about letting this baby of mine take the back seat (more like take the trunk) entirely. Going forward, I’ll try and update a few recipes as and when I feel like it, which essentially means, whenever I am in a better mindset. Till then, follow me on Instagram where I put up pictures.

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Chilli Caramel Chicken with Udon Noodles


Chilli caramel chicken

A few days ago I ordered a pack of udon noodles from Amazon on a whim. I love trying different kinds of noodles as long as they’re not a pain to cook. I’d seen several udon noodle recipes but almost all of them were made with fresh udon noodles. Fresh ones are much plumper, thicker and whiter than their dried counterparts. They looked like they could soak up any sauce in seconds. The dried ones though didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved them. They’re thicker, flatter and chewier than regular noodles. And tasted fantastic with the chicken I made.

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Soba Noodles with Chilli Garlic Prawns

soba noodlesSoba noodles are made with buckwheat and whole wheat. Definitely healthier than regular noodles. I came across Nigella Lawson’s recipe that called for soba noodles on my Twitter feed and figured I must try something out with soba noodles. Luckily, the grocer near home stocks all kinds of imported products and he had soba and udon noodles as well. You can also find it on Amazon. There’s no real distinct taste these noodles have, but I can say they’re less starchy and don’t feel heavy on the tummy.

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Hot and sweet curry noodle bowl

noodle bowl

This hot and sweet curry noodle bowl is the result of yet another “makeover for leftovers”. Leftovers are great to work with because most of the work has already been done. In this case, I already had cooked chicken and the chilli honey paste in my fridge. All I had to do was cook some noodles (which takes just about 5-7 mins), make a curry style broth and assemble it all together.

This one turned out to be a lot more delicious than it looks, trust me. It truly validates my faith in simple cooking. And don’t worry about what you have or don’t have. If you don’t have noodles, make this with rice. If you don’t have chicken use leftover cooked veggies or even just a potato will do.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep + cooking time: 15-20 mins


Leftover cooked chicken (or meat or veggies) – 1 cup shredded

Cooked noodles – enough for 2 portions (I had Ching’s hakka noodles in the pantry and used one packet of it)

Garlic – 3-4 cloves crushed

Chilli honey paste – 1 tbsp or more (recipe here)

Any herbs like basil or lemongrass – handful crushed/torn

Chicken/veggie stock cube – 1 (omit it if you don’t have it or don’t like it, but it adds a lot of flavour to the broth)

Oil – 1 tsp

Coriander leaves – handful chopped

Fried egg – 1 for each bowl

Water – 3 cups


Heat oil in a pan and add garlic with the chilli honey paste and cook till it turns aromatic.

Add chicken and saute for a minute. Now add water along with the stock cube, herbs, some salt and let it come to a simmer.

Turn of the heat and keep it aside.

Place noodles in the bowl and pour the broth over. Top with fried egg and lots of coriander leaves.


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Chilli honey noodles – with leftover noodles

Chilli honey noodles recipe

chilli honey noodles

Yesterday’s lunch was noodles with green curry and it was fabulous, if I say so myself. But as always I had some leftover cooked noodles that I wanted to use for dinner so it doesn’t go to sleep overnight in the fridge. I quickly made a chilli honey paste and stir fried the noodles in it with some sesame oil. You could add leftover chicken and veggies to make an even bigger and heartier meal out of it. This chilli honey paste though is the best. It’s sure to work great with all kinds of stir frys as well.

Yield: These were from leftover noodles and I could make one portion


Cooked noodles – One portion/serving

Chilli honey paste – 2 tsp

Sesame oil – 2 tsp

Regular oil – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Veggies and egg – Optional


Heat the oils and cook out the paste in them for about 2-3 mins.

Toss the noodles in and stir around till all of them have a been painted with the chilli paste. You won’t miss it since it takes on a lovely colour.

At this point you can add veggies and cooked chicken if you’d like. I just added a finely sliced capsicum for crunch.

I also added a fried egg on top while serving because it goes so well with the spicy noodles.

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