When I hear the word yum, I immediately think of food! And, yum means delicious, delectable, and pleasing, which in my opinion, should be everything that goes in my mouth. Noodles are yet another one of my favorite creations. So why not make yum yum noodles (with vegan yum yum sauce), which translates to REALLY delicious, delectable, and pleasing noodles? This yum yum noodle recipe is yummy!
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, various 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 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?
So, instead of dipping my vegetables, like at the Teppanyaki restaurant, I decided to mix it all in one delicious bowl.
Of course, the vegan yum yum sauce makes a fabulous dipping sauce for grilled vegetables. Or, stir fry vegetables, so dip away.
What is in yum yum sauce?
My vegan yum yum sauce tastes just like the yum yum sauce in the Japanese restaurant, but it's vegan and healthy.
What is in yum yum sauce?
- Cashew vegan mayo (or vegan mayo of choice)
- Organic tomato paste
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Maple syrup
- Soy sauce or Tamari for a gluten-free option
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
What noodles should I use for the yum yum noodles recipe?
Although noodle choice is clearly an individual preference, I chose Soba noodles for my yum yum noodles recipe. Soba noodles, made from buckwheat flour and 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 are best for making Vegan Yum Yum Noodles.
Rice noodles, on the other hand, are made of rice flour and are 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 Thai Curry Noodle Bowl.
Udon noodles, for example, are generally thick wheat noodles (not gluten-free), are chewy and soft with a neutral taste.
How to cook yum yum noodles
Regardless of the type of noodles selected, all the noodle choices take minutes to cook. Because they cook so quickly, preparing dinner takes minutes rather than hours.
How to make yum yum noodles (cold or hot)
For the cold version of this recipe, I maximized my veggies by combining white and purple cabbage, carrots, red peppers, yellow and green zucchini, and my Pickled Red Onions. Of course, I chose Thai basil for added flavor.
Then, toss together and yum yum good!
Conversely, I grilled the vegetables in a grill basket for a hot version of the same recipe and added Air-fried Tofu and sesame seeds.
Instead of cooling the noodles, cook the noodles in a pan and add the delicious yum yum sauce.
Then, add the air-fried tofu and grilled vegetables. Regardless if you want hot or cold noodles, this Asian pasta recipe and sauce are savory and delicious.
- Grill or saute the veggies and serve this yum yum noodle recipe hot
- Add grilled, baked, or air fried tofu for extra protein
- Sprinkle with peanuts or wasabi peas
- Serve hot or cold
With veggies in your life, food is NEVER boring! So, think about the yummy food you loved before you were plant-based, and veganize it! Now you know How to Make Yum Yum Noodles, share this amazing Yum Yum noodles recipe with your family and friends.
Is yum yum sauce vegan?
- Traditional yum yum sauce is not vegan, but vegan yum yum sauce is delicious with a few simple substitutions.
What else can I use yum yum sauce for?
- Yum yum, sauce is great on grilled vegetables or a dip for raw vegetables. It also is wonderful inside a baked potato or drizzled on corn on the cobb.
If you love Asian flavors as much as I do, give these vegan recipes a try.
- Vegan Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu
- Veggie Miso Ramen Stir Fry
- Vegan Thai Tahini Veggie Noodle Bowls
- Thai Curry Noodle Bowl
- Vegan Panang Curry Noodle Bowl
- Spicy Asian Salad
- Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- General Tso Cauliflower
- Spicy Korean Baked Cauliflower
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂