Thursday, 20 February 2014

Stir Fried Zoodles


I'm at it again. First it was fake rice, now fake noodles. Sorry ah, I miss my mee goreng. So what's with this thing called zoodles?
For those already in the know, zoodles are zucchini noodles. These are zucchini cut into thin strips to resemble noodles. Yes, fake noodles to allow pathetic people like me who can't eat the real thing a chance to satisfy our carbo cravings.



This is another idea I borrowed from nom nom paleo. I have never been a fan of zucchini because I find them bland and tasteless. But this characteristic is actually ideal as it can therefore take on the flavours of the other ingredients and seasoning. 

More meat than vege. Kar liu kaw kaw!

With this in mind and with my nagging craving for food that would make me even more bootylicious than I already am, I bought my first ever zucchini. It is quite easy to prepare the zucchini noodles especially if you have a julienne peeler. Go to nom nom paleo's recipe for Zucchini Spaghetti & Meatballs to see how to go about it.

My julienne peeler. Untung aku beli benda ni.

For this recipe I used marinated chicken fillet (marinated with fish sauce), onions, garlic, green, red and yellow peppers and beansprouts. For seasoning it was simply Braggs Liquid Aminos (or you can use soya sauce), some vegetarian oyster sauce and loads of pepper. Use your favourite fried noodle recipe and replace noodles with zoodles. 


Remember not to overcook the zucchini or you will end up with very soggy zoodles. I may have undercooked it a little as my zoodles were still crunchy which was not exactly a bad thing. It was basically a platter of mixed fried vegetables with me pretending I was eating noodles. When I'm desperate for my carbs, I'll go to any lengths including fooling myself with this noodle look alike. And guess what? I like! Better than losing it and going on a mee goreng binge :D

42 comments:

  1. No, thanks. They've fish noodles in Sabah - noodles made from fish - it's like fish cake cut into strings/thin strips and they taste like fish cake. No, thank you too. I'd just stick to our regular noodles.

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    1. I knew you would say that, Arthur :) Nothing beats the real thing and that's for sure. It is just a matter of me trying to avoid the carbs.

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  2. Sekali pandang ingatkan I see wrongly, zoodles. I cepat cepat mau tengok apa tu zoodles..
    I know zucchini, but I never heard of zoodles, keke.. But believe me, it looks exactly like chow-mein..
    Eh you very creative lah, I can't wait to see what you cook next.. Ok, I have seen rice (and mash) replaced with cauliflower, noodles replaced with zucchini.. What's next? Potato chips & pizza? How you wana make a fake one? Kekeke.. Coz I love potato chips and pizza, if I can see a fake one, I might just follow..

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    1. Hi Louiz! There is a cauliflower crust pizza and you can see that in Kelly Siew's blog. I am quite excited! If I can fake potato chips I would but I don't think that is possible hah..hah...

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  3. Eh eh you make me wanna go out and get a julienne peeler too. Any particular place to get it from?

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    1. Yen, I got it from Daiso if I am not mistaken. Very useful!

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  4. Again! Your fake noodles looks so real! Looks like I really need to try out something like this to keep my diet balance!

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    1. Not bad huh, Jozelyn? My next try would be spaghetti hee..hee....

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  5. Julienne peeler to mai dari mane? very canggih la u

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  6. Phong Hong... I think I will pass la this time. I hentam jugalah makan mee. Hahaha.. Rasa macam tak sanggup nak siksa diri... hahaha....

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    1. MamaFami, you are more sensible. The real mee of course lebih sedap. For the time being sebab I dah buncit here there and everywhere so kena lah beranggan-anggan sikit dek mengigau makan mee goreng....hik...hik...hik....

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  7. phong hong your faked noodle look like the real noodle.It looks yum! but l am just too lazy to grate it.you are real rajen and can make the effect to grate till it really look like noodle.I salute to you .You make me feel hungry although l just had my dinner 2 hours ago

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    1. EE it is easy to grate if you have the peeler. I am sure you can find it or if not use the normal grater but you must adjust the way you grate it.

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  8. I heard about this way of preparation zucchini noodles (my sister makes similiar) but never heard such a name:) It looks good above all!

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    1. Ola, it is quite convincing and I was happy with my "nooldles". You should try it :)

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  9. Hi Phong Hong, I have the gadget but I don't I can get the zuchini so well shredded. Great idea. I think I like this kind of dish.

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    1. Kimmy, I was thinking of having the zucchini with your minced pork as a meat sauce!

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  10. This one I can guess is the zucchini, am I clever, hahaha! This can also be a salad hoh?

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    1. Jessie, of course you are clever! Yah, can also make salad - "noodle" salad :)

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  11. wah sesuatu yang baru ni.Mesti cuba.Cm suka zucchini jadi takde masalah.Hmm nak tipu seseorang kat rumah Cm ni hehe.Mesti bila makan "noodles" ni dia kan terkejut.Seseorang yang tak suka sayur hehe.

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    1. CM, dulu PH tak suka zucchini. Tapi sekarang ni kira jadi peminat lah sebab nak buat "mee" sayuran. Hee...hee...tak lama lagi boleh buat laksa pulak!

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  12. Wow! I'm impressed. It actually does look like noodle!

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    1. Yes, it does! This is going to me my regular noodles for the time being.

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  13. You have such strong willpower! I would have gone on the mee goreng binge without thinking twice! Those zoodles do look like real noodles!! Such a great idea but it looks like a loooot of work to peel those noodles! :-)

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    1. Actually the shredding of the "noodles" is quite easy with the peeler. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of peeling whenever I get my mee goreng cravings!

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  14. ohh.. PH on diet? I tak kisah makan zuchini.. dulu pernah masak ratatouile guna zuchini & terung panjang... takde meat langsung.. tapi hairan semua orang dalam rumah suka termasuk anak2 yg kurang gemarkan sayur. hehehee... mereka tak perasan apa yang mereka makan tu sebenarnya sayurrrr! Rasanya kalau buat mee palsu macam ni pun anak2 tak perasan itu adalah sayur... nampak sedap sangatlah PH... bagus ye idea ni utk nak elak carbo...

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    1. MaDiHaA tentu dengar cerita K Nor yang PH ni gemuk sejak kat sekolah. Bila umur dah meningkat dan badan pun ikut sama, takde pilihan. PH tak pernah masak ratatouile. Mesti cuba sebab sekarang dah suka makan zucchini.

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  15. Very creative, Phong Hong! Last time I tasted zuchini cake and now they can be cooked as zoodles! Oh, I am going to tell my sister about this, she plants lots of zuchini in her garden... :)

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    1. Thanks, Reana! I have heard about zucchini cake and I thought it was weird. But I have got to try it after loving zucchini now!

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  16. oh, this is very interesting and rather creative!! i thought what is zoodle, and those zoodle really looks real and not fake ones if you didn't tell.. first read, i thought you mixed the zucchini into the flour, only to realized later you cut them into thin stripes!! eih, i LIKE this, can go tipu orang~~ :D

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    1. Hi SK! Yes, looks quite real only me know it is not real hah...hah...Will be experimenting more to tipu more people.

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  17. aiyoo, suka tipu ini, macam noodles lar, hahaha..

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  18. Hi Phong Hong,
    You very terror-lah! A wonderful idea and I like the name too!
    Crunch sounds good, interesting crunchy noodles! Hahaha!
    What are you coming up with next? I have no willpower whatsoever when it comes to dieting, but I love reading your posts! :)

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    1. Hi Joyce! Thanks for reading my posts hee..hee..I have come to a desperate situation where even my big pants are tight. I have to do something before it gets out of hand. So far so good, hopefully I achieve my target!

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  19. I love your zucchini noodles! What a delicious idea! I'm certain you're melting away :)

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    1. Thank you, Lizzy! I am not too sure if I am melting yet, it's probably too early to tell but I hope you are right!

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  20. Zucchini noodles definitely make a healthier dinner! I have heard it tastes good, hope to try it someday.

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    1. Mich, it does taste good. Now I like zucchini!

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  21. I prepare them quite a lot, the mild flavor of the zucchini means you really don't have to worry about it overpowering the dish. I don't cook mine though, just add to whatever I am preparing. I also make noodles with yellow squash, carrots and beets. I mainly use the others in salads.

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    1. Hi Opal! I am now loving zucchini and am planning to try more noodle dishes with them. I will certainly use them in salads too. Thanks for dropping by!

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