I think we've all have moments when it's late at night and we're too tired to get take-out or to go grocery shopping, but we're huuungry! It's at times like this that my pantry and fridge staples come in handy.
I almost always have ramen noodles on hand. Mostly, made into soup, but sometimes a quick noodle stir-fry hits the spot. The Spam is less a staple, usually purchased if it's on sale. I've taken to buying half sizes of Spam, because sometimes a whole can is too much. Cabbage, carrots, onions are frequent grocery store purchases because I use them in so many dishes.
Ramen noodle stir-fries remind me of when lil' sis was on the high school dance team. For one of the competitions, each team member brought her a package of ramen noodles. We cooked a couple dozen packages together and my mom made a gigantic ramen noodle stir-fry for lil' sis to bring to her teammates.
But, you don't have to be a teenager to enjoy ramen noodle stir-fries. Sometimes, comfort food is such because it's so very basic.
Chinese Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Cabbage, Carrots, Spam, and Eggs
For 2 servings as a meal, or 4 servings as a side dish, you'll need:
2 packages ramen noodles, cooked per directions and drained
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/2 to 1 can Spam, cut into strips
1/4 wedge cabbage, thinly sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1 tblsp Chinese Oyster or Black Bean Sauce
2 eggs, beaten
Set a pot of water to boil and cook the ramen noodles with all the seasonings. Drain in a colander and set aside.
Slice 1 small onion, cut a half can or full can of Spam into strips, thinly slice 1/4 wedge of cabbage, and julienne 1 carrot. Beat 2 eggs into a bowl and cook them scrambled. Set aside.
Mise en place, you're ready to cook.
In a large saute pan on medium-high heat, drizzle a bit of oil and add the onions.
When the onion starts to soften, add the Spam strips and stir-fry until both have turned golden.
Add the cabbage and carrots and stir again until softened to your liking.
Add about 1 tblsp of Chinese oyster sauce and toss again.
Add in the drained ramen noodles and toss again.
Make sure the sauce coats the noodles evenly.
Add in the cooked scrambled eggs, breaking the eggs up into chunks.
Ready to dig into my midnight snack.
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Pho Ap Chao Bo (Vietnamese Pan-Fried Rice Noodles Sauteed with Beef)
Yaki Udon (Japanese Stir-Fried Udon Noodles)
Zha Jiang Mian (Chinese Fried Sauce Noodles aka "Chinese Spaghetti")
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