Easy Asian Noodle Bowl

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This easy Asian noodle bowl is a copycat of fast food I enjoyed during a visit to Tokyo, Japan. It’s a healthy, delicious recipe that comes together easily.

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 fast food burger shop were replaced by a noodle shop.

This easy Asian noodle bowl is my version that fast food meal in Tokyo. It’s a healthy, delicious, affordable lunch.

Try my peanut ramen noodle salad for another quick, easy meal.

Easy Asian Noodle Bowl

This easy Asian noodle bowl is a healthy, delicious recipe that comes together easily.
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asian noodle bowl
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

Recommended Equipment


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


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

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5465IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 191kcal
Cost: $1.05 per serving

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Asian Noodle Bowl 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.


  1. 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?

  2. 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 🙂

    1. Katrina, I just added a link in the ingredient list to the brown rice noodles I used here. You can also buy them at Whole Foods. Enjoy!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. Did you have any Japanese sweets? (Sweet bean paste? No, thank you. I’ll stick with chocolate.) I think the fat- and sugar-laden palate is partly to blame here in the US.

    Thanks for a delicious dish!

    1. 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.

      1. 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 😀

  5. Out here in the PNW, noodle shops (or more known as Pho) are beyond popular. We have a couple to choose from locally 🙂

  6. Looks delicious! Yeah, I can just imagine how much weight Americans would lose if we got rid of the fast food places…

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