Quick Fresh Noodles

Caitriona Redmond

January 23, 2014

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This Quick Fresh Noodles recipe is quick to make, won’t cost much money, and is full of flavour.

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Make the most of the fresh vegetables you can get in season. This time of the year brassicas (cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and sprouts) are thriving and are likely to be Irish in the shops. I also used some frozen sweetcorn and a couple of carrots. To keep costs down, I used some rice noodles that I picked up on a recent trip to an Asian Supermarket. This isn’t high cuisine, but I can guarantee you that it will take a maximum of 20 minutes to cook from start to finish. You won’t get a much better hearty, low-fat, meal or supper costing between 75c-€1 per portion.

Serves 4


  • 225g Minced Beef
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger (hint I use ginger & garlic paste in a jar)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled
  • 2 handfuls of brussels sprouts, peeled
  • 1 cupful of frozen sweetcorn
  • 200g dried fine rice noodles


  1. Take a large heavy bottomed frying pan or wok and heat it on a high heat (no oil). Once the pan is smoking, add the beef mince and flatten it down on the pan. Don’t stir it too much. The key here is to let the beef mince stick in chunks, and not turn into fine gritty pieces. Once the beef starts to turn a dark brown colour, turn it over in the pan. Toss the mince around until it is dark brown all over. Then remove from the frying pan and leave to drain on a piece of kitchen paper.
  2. Chop the carrots into batons and cut the sprouts into quarters. Boil a kettle of water and put the rice noodles into a large, heatproof bowl. Pour the hot water over the noodles and set to one side.
  3. Return the pan or wok to the heat and add the oil. Once it starts to heat through, spoon the minced garlic and ginger into the oil, be careful it will spit in the hot oil, and then the sprouts and carrots. Toss in the oil for about 3 minutes. Using a tongs, lift the soaked noodles from the hot water. Don’t worry about straining them as you’ll use the excess water for the rest of the cooking process in the frying pan. Add the noodles to the frying pan and then the sweetcorn.  Cook for a further 5 minutes and then serve.
  4. As with all my dishes, I’ve not seasoned this meal at any point. You can add salt and pepper to taste at this stage or perhaps a low-salt soy sauce (although this will add gluten to the dish).

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This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland.

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Published On: January 23rd, 2014 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: January 15th, 2022 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Caitriona Redmond

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Caitriona is a food writer, blogger and author, as well as a mother to 2 boys and a teen stepdaughter. After Caitriona was laid off during the recession, with her family budget getting smaller she found herself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. She could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that she had to spend but she chose to cook the best food she could within their tight budget. Her blog is about her, how she manages and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.

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