Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Carb-less Noodles?

After the three-day-weekend of not doing much except making a couple of side dishes for bbqs, I am back to standing infront of my opened refrigerator and staring at the contents. My eyes scanning and mind thinking of what to cook using the ingredients I purchased from my last few grocery shopping trips. I had a few ridged gourds, green peppers, and cilantro laying in the crisp basket in the fridge....

Found this interesting packet of shredded tofu at the asian market, and bought it out of curiousity. It was made in New York and has a clearly marked expiration date. When I opened the foil packet, I was surprised and delighted to find the tofu looked more like noodles. I could use it in place of noodles in a laksa broth, or stir-fry it with some meat and maybe use up the ridge gourd. So many possibilties went through my head, but in the end, I went for the quickest, shortest, painless route of stir-fry! And since I have some wonderful minced/ground turkey meat in the fridge too, I made a healthy lunch of stir-fry lo-tofu instead of lo-mein.
My kids asked what the dish was, so I told them it was lo-tofu. Now they are running around the house singing lo-tofu, hi-tofu, my-toe-full!
Note: The tofu was interestingly resilient in the stir-fry and didn't break up as much as I had expected. The sauce helped make the tofu alot tastier too. A altogether interesting dish experiment.


Anonymous said...

The typical Taiwanese style for these curd noodles is to toss them with celery and sesame oil. When I cook them the other time, I also added haebee :D

Lia said...

wonderful, i wonder how great the taste, really look delicious! just let u know am noodles lover *_*

ioyces said...

so cute and creative your daughters!! :D I had the beancurd strips in Chinese noodle restaurants before...they were usually very spicy...similar to 'ma la' sort of taste...not sure how to make them though...
Your dish looks more interesting!!! :)

Anonymous said...

What a healthy lunch!! It's good for my carb-less diet!

Retno Prihadana said...

Wouw, Shredded tofu? Sounds interesting and I´m curious about the taste. Hopefully, I can find it here.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Tigerfish,
I was trying to remember where I had that before, thanks for reminding me! Next time, I'll do that way with haebee. Thanks!!!

Hi Lia,
Thanks! The noodles by themselves don't taste like much, but will be good with your favorite sauce.

Hi Ioyces,
LOL! Thanks! I boil them a little like noodles and then add them to the stir-fry, but not sure it that's the right way.

Hi Anon,
Thanks! I think I know who you are now that you mentioned the carb-less diet...LOL!

Hi Retno Prihadana,
Doesn't taste like much by itself, and a little chewy. Maybe good with curry or spicy sauces.

Padma said...

Wow that is impeccable...I have some ground turkey! I will try to make it

Big Boys Oven said...

I love ridged gourds... they are so sweet and so soft....yet so fragrant.

bha said...

Hi, flew into your blog .....happy that i landed here....u have a great blog here and love your recipes

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Padman,
This dish is simple and fast. Have fun trying it! :)

Hi Big Boys Oven,
Yes, ridge gourds are tasty! :)

Hi Bhags,
Glad you stopped by! Hope to see more of you! :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delish! I first saw this tofu noodle at Tigerfish blog too. Later Lily pointed it out to me at the Asian store, forgot whether it's at Broomfield PO or H-Mart.

TBC said...

What an interesting recipe! I have never seen " tofu noodles" before. That makes forsuch a healthy, high-protein meal.
Your daughters look so adorable & cute in the pic!

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, your girls are real comedians. Cute!

Indonesia Eats said...

I'm a noodles lover indeed, I'm ready with my chopsticks here :D

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hey C,
Tigerfish's curd noodle was packaged differently, and when I bought the shredded tofu in the foil packet, I didn't even know it was tofu noodle, so silly, uh? Must go shopping with you and Lily next time!

This is my first time with tofu noodles too. Hope you can get your hands on them. And thanks!

Hi Judy,
LOL! They are fun!

Hi Andaliman,
I still like the real noodles, and the tofu noodles are a nice change.
Good to know that you use chopsticks. I often use forks here, LOL!

Cynthia said...

Dishes like these tells a lot about the skill of a cook :D and by that I mean you are good :D, ok really good (lol)

wonda said...

I don't think I've seen that shredded tofu here. Interesting combination.

Cris said...

That is so cute... your kids are so creative! :-)

Nora B. said...

Such a wonderful find! I wonder if I will be able to find this tofu product here. I'll have to look in the chinatown supermarket. Your dish sounds yumm!

daphne said...

hehee.. i love the title of this post man! Carb-less Noodles. I'm also surprised to know that the tofu didnt break it up upon stirfrying. This dish actually reminds me of a taiwanese dish "la mien" or the noodles with a spicy mince on top of it.

I can just see the children calling away! What a creative mum they have!!!!!

PS-u linked me! thanks thanks thanks!!! *HUGS* hehe.. and u called me "the duck quacking" too! heheh..

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thank you for your kind words, it means so much to me, even if I was just playing with my food. LOL!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Alice,

Hi Cris,
My kids are very chatty these days! :)

Hi Nora B,
Thanks ya! These were made in New York, but maybe you can find some made by you?

Hi Daphne,
Thanks! After cooking, it reminded me of la mein too. LOL! My kids do keep me busy. You are most welcome! Hehe! Should I call you differently? ;)

daphne said...

haha. no worries. It's cool man- like the way u linked me. =)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Daphne,
Don't be surprise if I change it to Daphne. hehe!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Haha! Oh mean, your kids crack me up. :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Wandering Chopsticks,
LOL! Yes, they take after their mommy. ;)