Marinated tempeh and sesame noodles

Marinated tempeh and sesame noodles
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 10 minutes, simmering time 15 minutes, plus marinating

Slices of vegan-friendly tempeh make this sesame noodle recipe as satisfying as it is easy.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
620kcals
Fat
35.4g (3.9g saturated)
Protein
16.7g
Carbohydrates
54.6g (11.9g sugars)
Fibre
4.2g
Salt
4.2g
Calories
620kcals
Fat
35.4g (3.9g saturated)
Protein
16.7g
Carbohydrates
54.6g (11.9g sugars)
Fibre
4.2g
Salt
4.2g

Ingredients

  • 60ml light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (see Know-how)
  • 225g tempeh, cut into thin slices (see Know-how)
  • 200g rice noodles
  • Toasted sesame oil for tossing
  • 175g mangetout
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Handful fresh coriander, chopped

For the dressing 

  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ½ shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 60ml rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp hot chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 90ml boiled water

Method

  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic, agave nectar and 1 tbsp water. Put the tempeh slices in a shallow bowl and pour over the marinade. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain, toss with a splash of toasted sesame oil and set aside. Blanch the mangetout in boiling salted water, then drain and refresh in cold water. Set aside.
  3. To make the dressing, whizz all the ingredients together in a blender for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Heat the 2 tbsp vegetable oil until shimmering in a large heavy-based frying pan. Stir-fry the marinated tempeh until brown all over. Add the drained noodles and mangetout to the pan, then toss to warm through. Tip out onto a large serving plate and toss with the dressing, then serve immediately, sprinkled with chopped coriander.

A recipe from Easy Vegan by Sue Quinn (£11.99; Murdoch Books)

delicious. tips

  1. Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is a sugar alternative made from the sap of the agave plant. It’s sweeter than sugar so you need less of it, and it has a lower glycaemic index to give you slow-release energy.

    For vegan cooking you can use Agave nectar in place of honey (simmer to thicken to the same consistency).

    Tempeh is a versatile meat-free ingredient made from fermented soybeans. It can be fried, steamed, stir-fried or baked. It’s available from some health food shops and online, but if you can’t get your hands on it, use firm tofu instead – just be careful not to overcook it and handle it gently.

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