A Ridiculous Name for a Delicious Dish

RECIPE: Noodley Thing

Update from last week: speech and debate won their ninth consecutive state championship!  Seriously, these kids are so freaking talented.

OK, so the real title of this recipe is “Easy Asian Beef Noodles”, but over the last 10 years it’s just become known as “Noodley Thing”.  It’s not like this is the first time I’ve given a recipe a weird name.

I try not to cook with red meat very often, but this recipe is an exception to that rule. Fry's sells very thinly sliced fajita beef that is perfect for this recipe.

After gaining the inevitable freshman 15, my college roommate (who was a very old friend of mine and would be my roommate for two years of college and again once we graduated and became real people), decided to join Weight Watchers for a bit.  We followed the plan and did pretty well, although, being college students, all the drinking we did didn’t help.  (I say that like I stopped drinking after I graduated.  Spoiler alert: I still love to drink.)

One of the best things to come out of the WW experience was a bunch of cookbooks that I bought.  In one catering to cooking for two people, I found the recipe for a deliciously easy dish featuring ramen noodles and an assortment of other simple ingredients.

I need to create more recipes with sesame seed oil.  It is this intense flavor that is so good with with fresh ingredients.  If anyone has anything good, please send it on over!

I love ramen.  I know I’m not supposed to because it’s cheap and not very good for you, but I love it anyway.  I like that people have embraced ramen and have devoted websites to making recipes with it.

Despite the fact that this comes from a cooking for two cookbook, the recipe makes way more than two servings.  It fed two for dinner, plus another three meals for various dinners and lunches for me this week.

Noodley Thing can be made with whatever you want.  The original recipe called for a cup or two of coleslaw mix, but I use the whole bag.  I also added cashews at some point, because they are delicious.  My sister has used chicken and bell peppers, in addition to all the regular ingredients.  Fry’s also sells thinly sliced pork, and my roommate suggested using the sliced pork, along with cilantro and peanuts to make it more of a Thai dish.  Of course, as she is apt to do with so many things, my roommate also added Sriracha to her bowl.

Rating: I give this recipe a 4 out of 5 glasses of cold beer for it’s versatility, and the fact that you can make it into whatever you want, depending on your tastes.  Vegetarian?  Leave out the beef!

Noodley Thing, or Easy Asian Beef Noodles
4.0 from 2 reviews
Author: Manda
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
  • 1 lb pre-sliced fajita beef, chicken, or pork
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 package cabbage and carrot coleslaw
  • 2 packages of beef ramen
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • A handful of cashews
  1. Trim and slice meat into thin strips.
  2. Heat 1/2 tsp of sesame seed oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add steak and green onions, stir-fry until cooked.
  4. Remove steak mixture from skillet; keep warm.
  5. Heat remaining oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add slaw; stir-fry until wilted.
  7. Remove slaw from skillet; keep warm.
  8. Remove noodle from packages; reserve one seasoning packet for another use.
  9. Add water and one seasoning packet to skillet; bring to a boil.
  10. Add noodles to water.
  11. Cook noodles until the liquid is absorbed.
  12. Stir in steak, slaw and soy sauce; cook until thoroughly heated.


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3 Responses to A Ridiculous Name for a Delicious Dish

  1. Rachel says:

    Any recipe that includes “Easy” in the title is a-ok by me. This looks like a perfect solution to those times of craving greasy take-out. I’m definitely going to try this one.

  2. Jen says:

    So YUMMY!!! I did it last night and hubby wanted seconds. Seriously, he usually does but not typical for my “first try” foods.

    Of course I had no soy sauce, unless you count the packets from take-out Chinese the other week. I also had to buy the sesame oil and while in the aisle picked up some stir fry sauce.
    Marinated the meat in the sauce and soy while I fixed dessert. Didn’t cook down the coleslaw as we like a crunch but let it sit in the meat for some time before adding the noodles.
    I’d add Sprouts and Cucumber slices next time when I have time and marinate the meat a little longer. Hubby wants both packets of noodle seasoning in there… I’ll season the water with soy sauce and something else or cater to him – dependent on my mood.
    I will be prepping meat for this dinner and freezing so it’s a little faster (new baby makes cooking after work take foooorevvvvvvvver, since all I want to do is snuggle)

  3. Rachel says:

    Just letting you know we did this (with pork) tonight — so simple and so good! I think we’ll add water chestnuts next time. And you’re right, so versatile. Just as I thought, it perfectly hits the spot for those Chinese cravings.

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