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Spicy Malaysian-Style Stir-Fried Noodles

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups)
This popular Southeast Asian street fare is known as mee goreng (fried noodles). Look for the sweet bean sauce and noodles (which are sometimes frozen) at Asian markets; substitute dried linguine for lo mein. You can always use less chile paste to make a milder version.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) package water-packed extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 1 (1-pound) package fresh Chinese lo mein egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 heads baby bok choy, trimmed and cut crosswise into 2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sweet bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 359
  • fat 9.5 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 4.2 g
  • protein 15.1 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 17 mg
  • iron 3.4 mg
  • sodium 617 mg
  • calcium 65 mg

How to Make It

  1. Line a plate with a triple layer of paper towels; top with tofu. Place a triple layer of paper towels on top of tofu; top with another plate. Let stand 20 minutes. Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.

  2. Cook noodles in a large pan of boiling water 3 minutes or until done; drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Wipe pan with paper towels. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add salt and bok choy; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 4 minutes.

  3. Combine sugar and remaining ingredients, stirring until combined. Add noodles, remaining 1/2 cup cooking liquid, and sugar mixture to pan; toss to combine. Cook 30 seconds or until thoroughly heated, tossing to coat. Add tofu; toss to combine. Serve immediately.