Asian Meatball Noodle Bowl

Asian Meatball Noodle Bowl

This recipe is a conglomeration of recipes I’ve been trying to make from my Pinterest boards.  I’ve also been wanting to learn how to make really good pan fried noodles at home.  Plus I wanted to make a meal with what I had on hand.  It’s all that in one, and it’s delicious!

I used this recipe from Gimme Some Oven for the sauce on the meatballs.  I didn’t make my own meatballs.  I just used what was in the freezer.  For the noodles, I used The Pioneer Woman‘s Simple Sesame Noodles sauce.  I wanted my noodles to have that pan fried texture, so I found this tutorial on how to cook egg noodles.  To make it a more rounded meal for the kids, I added peas which was Arabella’s pick when I gave her the choice between broccoli and peas.

Don’t be scared off by the list of ingredients.  You will have most of these on hand (I had all of them), and it’s a lot of the same overlapping in both the the noodles and the meatball sauces.

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Asian Meatball Noodle Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4

Asian Meatball Noodle Bowl

Ingredients

  • Meatballs:
  • 1 pkg frozen meatballs
  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Noodles:
  • 1 pkg thin egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp pure sesame oil
  • 4 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix both sauces in separate bowls and set aside.
  2. Place meatballs and sauce in a pot over medium heat. When it starts to simmer, turn down to low or med-low for 15 minutes.
  3. While meatballs are cooking, bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add noodles and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Drain in a colindar over the sink and cool down with water making sure to rinse all starch off.
  5. Let noodles drain while heating a large non-stick skillet or wok on med-high heat. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in wok and add noodles by spreading out to form a layer. Leave in until they start to dry out and then flip to get all sides pan fried.
  6. Add the sauce and pan fry until noodles get coated and sauce starts to carmelize a little on the noodles.
  7. Place noodles in a bowl and top with meatballs and peas.
  8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish.
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The cool thing about this is that the kiddos really liked it.  I left out the spicy ingredients from the recipe because Arabella is sensitive to the tiniest bit of spice.  I think they were both excited about trying it because they have been watching the Kung Fu Panda movies, and Arabella always wants noodles after watching it.

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Camden’s favorite part was the noodles.  He slurped until they were all gone.

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This is Arabella’s dramatic pose for eating a meatball.  I didn’t snap the picture mid-blink.  She actually posed this way, much to her brother’s amusement.

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All in all, this was a huge hit.  It was also a good meal for the kids and me to eat early and reheat when John got home.  That’s how our dinners go most of the time, so I’m always looking for recipes that can be good an hour or two later without tasting leftover.

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Hope you are inspired to make your own noodle bowl!

JulieBird

 

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