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DRAGON NOODLES


Dragon Noodles are a delicious way to turn your packages of instant ramen into a meal worthy of guests. Chock full of shrimp, chicken, and veggies, it has big flavors everyone is sure to love.

I think we’ve established that my content planning for the blog sucks. Big time.

While all the food bloggers I know and love rolled out their 4th of July recipes months in advance, I crawled in with mine on the day itself. Halfway through the day, in fact.

In the more than three years I blogged part time, I was never really methodical about what I post. The recipes I worked on were basically whatever struck my fancy on that given day. Now that I am blogging for a living and can now call my blogs as a legitimate business (BTW, this link is for a giveaway and my income reports you can read more about), I realized I need to be more on top of my crap and be more organized.

My haphazardly producing content is not only an inefficient use of my time and resources, I am also missing out on opportunities for growth. The holidays bring plenty of possible traffic from people searching for meals to prepare and it certainly doesn’t help my cause when I come in with my recipes a day too late and festivities are over.

Today, I sat down with a pen and paper (yes, still old-school), combed through my recipe archive and mapped out an editorial calendar for the next six months. It was a very productive day alright. I feel so accomplished. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only do I now have a solid game plan, I also discovered I don’t have a recipe up yet for noodles! I mean, I have loads of pasta recipes but NONE for Asian noodles.

I do cook a lot of noodle stir-fries at home but since I’ve always assumed the ingredients are unfamiliar and hard to find in better supermarkets, I post these recipes on my other blog which has a Filipino and Asian niche. And I couldn’t have been more wrong. Chow mein is one of the most popular takeout food in America!

So, my friends, here today is my very first noodle stir-fry on Onion Rings and Things. And there is no better and tastier first than these dragon noodles. ๐Ÿ™‚

This dish was inspired by the wildly popular dragon noodles from the wildly popular Budget Bytes. I love how the recipe uses ramen noodles, which I always seem to have a never-ending supply of. What caught my full attention, though, is the spicy sauce she replaced the seasoning packet with. Made with equal parts Srichacha, soy sauce and brown sauce, it promises big, bold flavors I am crazy about. And that promise it fully delivered!

Although the dish is meant to be budget-friendly, I kind of went all out with my version. Along with the shrimp and eggs, I also added chicken, carrots, cabbage and bean sprouts like the way I would make my other noodle dishes.

Another simple change I made was, I didn’t add lime juice to the spicy sauce but served lemon wedges on the side instead. Her suggestion of squeezing in citrus juice on the noodles is definitely on-point! That’s how we do it in Filipino food culture, we always top our plate of Pancit with a generous drizzle of calamansi (a citrus fruit akin to lime and widely used in Asian cuisine) to brighten flavors and cut through the richness, or spiciness in this case, of the noodles.

Give these dragon noodles a try for dinner tonight. You’ll be amazed how a simple sauce and basic add-ons can turn those lowly ramen noodle packages in your pantry into a special meal worthy of guests. Enjoy!

Oh, P.S., please undercook your ramen noodles just a little when boiling. Take them off the heat about a minute or so earlier than manufacturer’s suggested time as they will continue to cook when thrown in with the rest of the ingredients. Use Indomie instant noodles, if you can find them as they are specifically made for stir-frying and hold up better. I’ve seen them at Walmart, Target, and most Asian supermarkets or you can order them on Amazon (this is an affiliate link) for convenient delivery.

Dragon Noodles

Prep Time   15 mins
Cook Time   20 mins
Total Time  35 mins

Dragon Noodles are a delicious way to turn your packages of instant ramen into a meal worthy of guests. Chock full of shrimp, chicken, and veggies, it has big flavors everyone is sure to love.

Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Onion Rings and Things

Ingredients
2 packages ramen noodles
2 tablespoons Sriracha
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons oil
2 eggs, well beaten
8 pieces large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into think
1/2 small onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
1/4 cabbage, shredded
1 cup bean sprouts
green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions
1.In a sauce pot over medium heat, cook instant noodles according to package directions. Drain well, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the liquid. Keep warm.
2.In a small bowl, combine the reserved liquid, Srichacha, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir until well combined and sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
3.In a wok or wide pan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add eggs and cook, breaking into pieces, until set but still moist. Remove from wok and keep warm
4.Heat another 1 tablespoon of oil. Add shrimps and cook just until color changes. Remove from pan and keep warm.



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