When I hear the word YUM, I immediately think of food! And, yum simply means delicious, delectable, and pleasing, which in my opinion, should be everything that goes in my mouth. Noodles are yet another one of my favorites. So why not make yum yum noodles (with vegan yum yum sauce), which translates to REALLY delicious, delectable and pleasing noodles?
One of my favorite restaurants while growing up was a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. Typically steakhouses, Japanese teppanyaki cooking is a popular way to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine cooked fresh in front of the diners. Cooked on a flat iron grill, a variety of dishes are prepared to eat while diners are entertained in the process.
Additionally, the dipping sauces make the meal complete. Although many Japanese restaurants serve different sauces, the ones I love are the Asian mustard, ginger, and of course, the famous yum yum sauce.
WHAT IS VEGAN YUM YUM SAUCE?
Traditionally, yum yum sauce is a combination of mayonnaise, tomato paste, butter, sugar, paprika, and cayenne pepper. So, why not ‘veganize’ this yum yum sauce recipe and add some fabulous Asian noodles and vegetables? Instead of dipping my vegetables, like at the Teppanyaki restaurant, I decided to mix it all together in one, delicious bowl.
Of course, vegan yum yum sauce makes a fabulous dipping sauce for grilled vegetables. Or, stir fry vegetables, so dip away.
WHAT NOODLES ARE THE BEST NOODLES FOR YUM YUM NOODLES?
Although noodle choice is clearly an individual preference, I chose Soba noodles for my yum yum noodle recipe. Soba noodles, made from buckwheat flour and they have a slightly nutty flavor. If you are gluten-free, pure buckwheat soba is gluten-free, but be sure to check the label, as some soba noodles contain some wheat flour. Soba noodles, for example, have a firmer texture like spaghetti.
Rice noodles, on the other hand, are made of rice flour and 100% gluten-free. Flatter, and softer, rice noodles are often used in stir fry dishes like Vegan Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu or my Skinny Thai Curry Noodle Bowl.
Udon noodles, for example, are generally thick wheat noodles (not gluten-free), are chewy and soft with a neutral taste.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT VEGETABLES FOR YUM YUM NOODLES RECIPE
Since I want to maximize my use of veggies, I combine white and purple cabbage, carrots, red peppers, yellow and green zucchini, and my Simple Rose Pickled Red Onions. Of course, I chose Thai basil to stick with my Asian theme and give it a little extra something special.
Then, just add a little Thai basil or cilantro as a garnish and YUM!
Furthermore, you can grill or saute the veggies, and serve this yum yum noodle recipe hot, if you prefer. And, if you love Asian flavors as much as I do, give these recipes a try.
- Vegan Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu
- Skinny Veggie Miso Ramen Stir Fry
- Vegan Thai Tahini Veggie Noodle Bowls
- Skinny Thai Curry Noodle Bowl
- Vegan Panang Curry Noodle Bowl
With veggies in your life, food is NEVER boring! So, just think about the yummy food you loved before you were plant-based, and veganize it!