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Ginger Sesame Chinese Fried Noodles

These lemony Chinese fried noodles are packed with flavors from the sesame oil, tons of fresh ginger and garlic, spring onion and a little zesty lemon for freshness. An amazing side dish that is so good you could eat them on their own.

 

White bowl with fried noodles and green onion. Flatlay.

 

These fried ramen noodles were initially a part of my Szechuan beef and carrots, because that is how I eat it. However, these noodles are so good they can work with many other recipes as well. 

 

Other great ways to eat them can be to omit the naan in this orange chicken shawarma or with regular chicken shawarma, sweet and spicy beef and broccoli or just on their own!

 

Any dish that is good with noodles and rice, these Chinese fried noodles would be perfect. They are mild enough to not overpower everything, but also not boring at all. 

 

Fried noodles in Chinese

 

The difference of chow mein and lo mein is not always so easy to spot, but knowing the translation can help with that.

 

  • Chow mein means fried noodles, the noodles are fried and crispy and it’s less saucy.
  • Lo mein means tossed noodles, the noodles soak up the sauce and are soft. Try my super easy 20 minute vegetarian lo mein!

 

But honestly, this just make me more unsure of what these stir fry noodles are. It isn’t a super saucy dish, but the noodles aren’t exactly crispy either. Apparently, there is a difference between soft chown mein and crispy chow mein, and this dish would definitely classify as soft. 

 

Soft chow mein uses long, rounded noodles like the ramen noodles in this dish. Crispy chow mein uses flat noodles. You can read more about the difference between chow mein and lo mein here. 

 

I’m not classifying this as neither chow mein nor lo mein, but I would say it is Chinese styled because of the flavor choices of ginger, garlic and green onion (the Chinese mirepoix/Holy trinity), sesame oil and soy sauce. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work for many other cuisines as well. 

 

Skillet with fried noodles and green onion.

 

What kind of noodles are best for stir fried noodles 

 

You can use chow mein pan fried noodles in this dish, then simply omit the boiling of the noodles. Use them straight from the package. That will result in a crispier texture.

 

Ramen noodles are Japanese, although Chinese inspired, noodles that are commonly sold as instant noodles, and dried into bricks. They are some form of Chinese wheat noodles. Sometimes also included eggs, but then referred to as egg noodles. 

 

In this recipe, I use ramen style wheat noodles. 4-5 bricks of dried noodles are perfect. I do not include any spice packets, I buy the noodles alone. If you’re interested, you can read more about the different kinds of noodles here.

 

Honestly, you can use any noodles you prefer. Whether it’s spaghetti, linguine, ramen, wheat noodles, whatever floats your boat! Just follow the package instructions for boiling them first. 

 

Skillet with fried noodles, garnished with lemon slices.

 

Make sure to check out the Szechuan beef and carrots too

 

These ginger stir fry noodles are designed to go well with another dish of mine, the Szechuan beef and carrots. Originally, these were one and the same recipe, but as I mentioned, I think these noodles are too good to only eat in one dish. 

 

To make them together, it is so important that you prep everything first. Measure the sauces, chop the vegetables and cook the noodles. Everything goes really smoothly then. You can fry the beef and carrots first, set them aside and then make the chilli sauce and these ginger sesame Chinese noodles. 

 

It is easy, but there are a lot of ingredients that should be chopped and measured. That’s really the hardest part of these two dishes, but let me tell you – it is extremely worth it

 

This is my favorite beef dish of all time. Yes, I love beef and broccoli too, but it’s something so satisfying with all the flavors and texture in this dish. It has a lot of everything, and apparently that works like a gem!

 

Szechuan beef and carrots over a bed of noodles.

 

How to make ginger sesame Chinese fried noodles

 

As I mentioned under the previous paragraph, it is much easier to make this if you prepare everything first. Chop all the vegetables. Cook the noodles according to package instructions, rinse under cold water and then set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients; sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, dark soy sauce and lemon juice. 

 

Ingredients to make Chinese fried noodles.

 

Now everything goes quickly! In a large skillet, add the vegetable oil and heat to medium high heat. Once hot, add in the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

 

Then you can add the spring onion and cook for another minute before adding in the cooked noodles. Stir to combine, it may be easier using tongs. Add the sauce ingredients and mix again. 

 

Skillet with the Chinese mirepoix: ginger, garlic and scallions.

 

When the noodles are hot, about 2 more minutes, add in the toasted sesame seeds and garnish with lots of fresh cilantro! Cilantro can be omitted if you don’t like it, otherwise I highly recommend it. 

 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, extra delicious when served with Szechuan beef and carrots. Enjoy!

 

Bowl with lemon ginger sesame fried noodles.

 

Did you like these Chinese fried noodles? Here’s more noodle dishes I think you will like:

 

 

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This recipe was originally published on August 17th 2017 in my Szechuan beef recipe, but updated on February 8th 2021 for better photos, content and readability.

 

White bowl with fried noodles and green onion. Flatlay.

Ginger Sesame Chinese Fried Noodles

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Chinese fried noodles are packing flavors from the sesame oil, lots of fresh ginger and garlic, spring onion and a little zesty lemon.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3-4 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 260-325g ramen wheat noodles (4-5 small-ish ramen blocks)
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce (or any soy sauce you have)
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped, fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare everything first.* Chop the vegetables. Cook the noodles according to package instructions and rinse under cold water, set aside. In a small bowl, add the sauce ingredients; sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and lemon juice.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil on medium high heat. Once hot, add the chopped ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Now add in the spring onion and cook for another minute before adding in the cooked noodles.
  3. Stir to combine, you may need some tongs or two forks to gently mix the noodles with the vegetables. Add the sauce ingredients and mix again.
  4. Once the noodles are hot, a couple of minutes, stir in sesame seeds and sprinkle with fresh cilantro (the more the merrier!).
  5. Serve immediately with Szechuan beef and carrots or any other dish that works with rice and noodles.

Notes

* This dish is designed to go with my Szechuan beef and carrots and chopping and measuring sauces beforehand makes everything much easier. Do that with both dishes. You can finish frying the beef and carrots before moving on to make these noodles at the same time as the chilli sauce for the beef.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288Total Fat: 14.5gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4.3gSugar: 1.3gProtein: 8.8g

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Chef Dennis

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I love ramen noodles and can't wait to try your easy-to-make recipe!! I know my family will love it!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thank you, enjoy!

Genevieve | Fitty Foodlicious

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

These noodles look incredible and so vibrant and tasty!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thank you!

Kushigalu

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

We love Chinese food and I am drooling over this noodles packed with full of flavor. Love the combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thank you so much!

Alexis

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Love this dish! My kids love ramen and this is a fun new way to prepare it for them.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thank you, who doesn't love ramen!

Julie

Sunday 14th of March 2021

THe combination of ginger and sesame in this is so good! I love the fresh flavors and how this came together for such an easy meal. Will make it again soon.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it!

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