Tuesday, October 23, 2012


If I had to eat at a fast food type restaurant, it would hands down be Noodles & Company. I know that really doesn't qualify as fast food, but it's as close as this vegetarian will get to it! One of my favorites on their menu is the Japanese Pan Noodles, which is a sweet and spicy udon noodle dish. I tried to recreate it in this recipe and failed miserably, but it still tasted totally delicious. Obviously soy is high in sodium, so feel free to make this with low sodium soy!
What you'll need to make it happen:
2 cups broccoli, cut into bit sized pieces
1/3 cup carrots, slivered
2 tablespoons green onions, sliced in small rings
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz medium rice noodles (most packages come with two "nests" of 8 ounces each)
For the sauce:
6 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
3 tablespoons warm water
2 teaspoons sriracha (or another chile sauce)
oil for cooking veggies, about 1 tablespoon

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to boil, and put rice noodles in. Don't break the "nest" they come in, simply let the noodles cook for a few seconds in the boiling water and push them under- they'll loosen up quickly and all fit in a large pot. Cook per instructions on package, drain, and set aside.
Step 2: If you rock at multi tasking, start cooking your veggies while the noodles cook. Begin by throwing your oil in a wok and bring to medium-high heat before adding anything.
Step 3: Throw in your carrots and cook for 1 minute, then adding your garlic & green onions, cooking for another minute. Add in your broccoli and cook for 3-4 more minutes, or until tender.
Step 4: Mix all your sauce ingredients together and add to your veggie mixture, bringing to a medium-low heat. 
Step 5: Stir for a minute, letting your sauce thicken, and toss in your noodles, stirring to coat thoroughly. 
Step 6: Serve up and enjoy!

Next time I make them I'll definitely amp up the spice factor, so if you like spicy food, add more sriracha or other chile oil!

What fast food could you live off of?
Please don't say KFC. I may judge you.

xo, lp


  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Noodles and Company and the Japanese pan noodles are my absolute favorite thing there. In fact I just had them for lunch on Friday and then again for dinner before I went out, haha! Let me know when you figure out how to re-create them, but until this this dish looks delish!

  2. This looks really good! Definitely pinning to add to my recipe collection: YUM. I could definitely do Flat Top. I love the flavors and that you basically get to make it yourself, but it's kind of expensive so I don't get it too often. But man, I could!

  3. The Japanese Pan noodles is my favorite thing from Noodles and Company! I will def have to they this recipe. In the meantime, looks like Im gonna have to order out for lunch because now i'm craving it!!!

  4. I'm loving this recipe! Definitely adding it to my meal plan for next week.

  5. They make a dish similar to this in my company's cafe, and I've always wanted to recreate it at home. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    The Glossy Life

  6. Japanese/Chinese/Thai -- it's all my favorite. This recipe looks pretty easy and amazingly tasty! Have a great day, Laura! xo

  7. I think Panera counts as fast food and I could eat the broccoli cheddar soup every day! I was a veg for 4 years and driving to and from school was tough when my options were limited to what was on the side of I-85. My go-tos then were always Subway and some Burger Kings had a Morning Star veggie burger. Not amazing, but definitely better options that most gas stations!! Great recipe!

  8. This looks so so yummy! Can you believe we didn't have noodles in Florida?! Love it !

  9. Very tasty - cooked for a veggie friend and she enjoyed also - added Green pepper and two different types of mushrooms - gave it great flavour thumbs up.


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