I love noodles. Who doesn't? But when it comes to making a quick meal at home I tend to make the same old rice noodles with a few lashings of soy and chilli. Nothing too exciting.
When Lucy recommended me to try one of Jeremy Pang's new 15 minute noodle kits from the School of Wok, I was interested to see just how much flavour a boxed kit could have. And especially to see whether I could get a little inspiration for super speedy weekday dinners.
Within the range there's 6 different flavours, and so far Tesco is stocking 3 of them: the pad thai, singapore noodles and chow mein. Grab a kit, add some meat and/or veg and there's your meal. You can follow Jeremy's instructions or just throw caution to the wind and add in what you like.
I tried my hand at making a pad thai in 15 minutes at home.
To start, ho fun noodles are soaked in boiling water. Then over to the wok to stir fry some egg, garlic and beansprouts. The kit called for prawns, but I used chicken. Stir fry the lot until the chicken starts to brown.
Next up, add the seasoning then tamarind and lime sauce and stir through. Throw in the noodles and give everything a good toss around the wok till everything's mixed.
To serve, squeeze over a lime and sprinkle over some chopped peanuts.
I loved how Jeremy presents each step in the form of a wok clock. To ensure this really is a super speedy 15 minute meal, lay out all ingredients in the order of when you'll need them. Start at 12 o' clock with the egg and work your way round the ingredients. Simple!
Another great tip was soaking the noodles and any vegetables you want before hand in boiling water. This way, by the time the protein is cooked the noodles and vegetables will have softened. When you add them to the wok, they'll only need a few minutes before being ready. Surely that must shave off a good few minutes alone.
This pad thai had such a huge burst of flavour, sweet tamarind, zingy lime and crunchy peanuts. And how long did it take you may ask? 14 minutes and 52 seconds!
Tried and tested, I can't wait to try the rest of the 15 minute noodle kits now.
School of Wok kindly sent me a kit to try out. I did not receive payment for this post and all opinions are my own.