I love strolling my Asia supermarket and look for things I haven’t tried before. Like this Japanese somen noodles. I’ve tried a lot of Asia noodles but it’s the first time I came across somen noodles. I like the shape and colour of these wheat flour noodles. It’s the perfect noodle for this spicy minced beef with somen noodles and okra.
Delicious spicy beef with somen noodles and okra
Cook the somen noodles according to the package instructions.
Wash the cucumber and cut it lengthwise into 0,5 cm stripes or use a mandoline. Put the cucumber stripes aside and season with salt. Wash the herbs, pad dry and pick the leaves off the stalks. Wash and cut the okra into 2 cm pieces. Wash the chili and cut into thin slices.
Heat up the coconut oil in a pan and when ready add the freshly minced beef. Stir gently and add the sambal oelek. Cook for about 7 minutes, add the okra. Season to taste with sesame oil, soy sauce, juice of a fresh lime, salt and pepper and and cook for another 7 minutes.
Arrange somen noodles on your plates and add the spicy beef. Top with cucumber stripes and fresh herbs. Sprinkle with roasted black sesame seeds and serve with half a lime. Bon appetit!