Easy Asian Noodle Bowl

asian noodle bowl

When I visited my brother in Japan years ago, I was amazed to learn how different their fast food is from ours.  We had lunch one day in a noodle restaurant where you sit at the counter and order a quick bowl of noodles and vegetables in broth.  It was delicious, and it didn’t take longer to serve than a burger and fries would.  I also noticed that just about every Japanese person I saw walking down the street in Tokyo was slender.  Really, I don’t remember seeing a single overweight person during my week-long visit.  I wonder how different things would be in America if every McDonald’s were replaced by a noodle shop.

8 ounces brown rice noodles
1 small daikon radish
3 carrots
2 scallions, white and green parts
3 cups broth
2 tbs. soy sauce
2 eggs, scrambled
1 tsp. sesame seeds

  1. Boil the rice noodles according to the package directions.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Thinly slice the daikon radish, carrots, and scallions.
  3. In a large pot, bring the broth just to a boil.  Add the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked noodles and soy sauce.  Then add the eggs and stir.  Cook for about 30 seconds (until the eggs are set).
  5. Serve warm and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Price Breakdown
This recipe yields 6 servings and it costs $6.27, or $1.05 per serving.  I don’t remember what the noodle bowls cost when I visited that fast food shop in Tokyo 15 years ago, but it was definitely more yen than that.  Enjoy this quick, filling meal for lunch or dinner, and try using chopsticks if you’re up to the challenge.

Linking to Fat Tuesday.


    • Annemarie says

      I don’t remember having Japanese sweets during my visit, but my sister-in-law does occasionally send boxes of sweets. The writing is in Japanese so I don’t usually know what I’m eating. Sometimes that’s for the best.

      • says

        My husband loves all those sweet bean paste desserts. Me? Not so much. Seattle has a very bustling International District and Asian mega grocery stores are all over, so periodically I’ll drive one town over and get him some. All his 😀

  1. The brother from Tokyo says

    Nice recipe Annie! I’d assume that the bowl of noodles you had in Tokyo was ramen….That is only slightly better for you than McD’s, but still tastier (it is all in what goes into the broth, ramen isn’t healthy stuff at all). I am glad to see you have improved on it to make it healthy….Mochi and sweet bean paste are an acquired taste, keep at it you too will learn to love it!

    PS – I agree with the Pho suggestion above. It is the Vietnamese version of noodle soup and it is oishi.

    • Annemarie says

      Thanks for chiming in, John. I steer clear of boxed ramen, but that noodle shop in Tokyo was great. I’ll venture into Boston’s Chinatown one of these days for some oishi Pho.

  2. Katrina says

    Can you show us what kind of noodles you used in the picture? I haven’t seen brown rice noodles so thin- I LOVE thin noodles :)

  3. Jenny says

    This looks super good! FYI I lived in Japan for a year about 5 years ago & you’re right. There are not a lot of overweight people. I did see one girl who was really big, but I wonder if that was a glandular thing (thyroid perhaps?)

    Question for you, the recipe just says “broth”. What kind of broth are we talking about here?

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