Food often creates a sense of nostalgia for me. I can eat a slice of pie and have the crust remind me of the delicious homemade pies my grandma used to make every summer. Or when I eat a chocolate chip cookie, I always think back to the cookies my mom baked for us growing up.
It’s funny how certain scents, sounds or tastes can really remind us or momentarily transport us to a different time or place. I love how specific pastries and dishes do this for me.
One of my all time favorite meals my mom would make was this Spicy Noodle Salad. She didn’t make it too often, but when she did I knew I was in for a treat. It’s sweet with a dash of heat and is loaded with veggies, noodles and chicken and/or shrimp. Eating it definitely takes me back to my childhood.
I’m excited to share the recipe with you in hopes that you will enjoy it as much as I do. This makes a decent amount of servings, so it’s great if you are meal prepping for the week or need to take a meal to a friend.
14 oz. Thin spaghetti
7 Tablespoons Sesame oil
7 Tablespoons Soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chili oil (or less)
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Ginger powder
1 Tablespoon Garlic chopped
Cooked chicken and/or shrimp
Cook spaghetti and rinse with cold water. Mix dressing ingredients together and toss with the noodles. Blanch vegetables (of choice: julienne carrots, red pepper, pea pods, broccoli, etc.) until their color is bright. Add veggies into the noodles and toss in cooked chicken and/or shrimp. This salad can be served hot or cold. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!