Spicy beef with somen noodles and okra

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. 

It’s a great weeknight dinner, quick and easy to prepare and any leftovers make a delicious office lunch the next day. Also, this spicy beef and somen noodles goes very well with some pale ale! Of course the recipe is perfect if you are on a fructosefree diet. I you prefer glutenfree just swap the somen noodles for some rice noodles. 

Spicy beef with somen noodles and okra

Delicious spicy beef with somen noodles and okra

Servings: 2 people
  • 200 gram somen noodles
  • 300 gram fresh minced beef
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 bunch fresh herbs (thai basil, coriander)
  • 1 spicy chili
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 handful fresh okras
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp roasted black sesame seeds
  • 2 fresh limes
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Cook the somen noodles according to the package instructions. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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