knits by sachi

Junk food to super food

on June 7, 2016

I had a couple of instant noodle packets in the larder. They were bought for my son’s camping weekend but had never made it to the event.

We often buy Japanese “Demae iccho” brand from Asian market. They are much flavoursome and my boys love them.

It comes in many flavours! We top with lots of vegetables when we cook them.

But we are aware that the noodles are fried and some chemicals are added. It is a treat, and we have them in moderation. You can have a bit of fun once in a while, can’t we?


Unfortunately, these packets in our larder were from a local supermarket.

They are so inexpensive, costing only 40 pence per packet, but never attracted anyone in my family. I didn’t want to throw them away, so, I decided to experiment a little.

I made cold noodle salad with sesame dressing.

I love making dips, sauces and dressing with sesame seeds. I toast raw seeds, grind them and add a few ingredients depending on how I feel on the day. I like knitting without patterns, and I also enjoy cooking without recipes.

The basic ingredients I use are

3-4 Tbsp freshly toasted Sesame Seeds
2 Tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp Japanese Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tsp sesame oil
1-2 Tsp sugar
2-3 Tbsp Dashi stock or any stock

But you never need to measure them accurately.

You can add Tahini or peanut butter to add thickness. Omit the sugar if you are using sweetend peanut butter.


You can also add minced green onion, garlic paste, red chilli sauce or oyster sauce. Mayonnaise makes the mixture creamy and mild. Whatever you do, you cannot go too wrong.

Sesame seeds are packed with protein, fiber, minerals, iron and calcium. They are one of the trendy “superfoods” aren’t they?

For the noodle salad, cooked the instant noodles, drain the hot water and wash it in cold water until it gets cold. Drain well.

Place salad leaves in a bowl. Place noodle and top with ham, crab sticks, cucumber, egg and more vegetables of your choice.


This recipe worked! I was very pleased.

I think the sauce goes well with steamed chicken breast, too.

Instant noodles are considered to be junk food, but you can tweak a little and make it into a healthier tasty meal.

And they are so cheap!

4 responses to “Junk food to super food

  1. RFR says:

    Instant noodles are deep fried in refined Palm oil. That makes it loaded with Trans fat which you need to avoid in your diet. It also contains preservatives too. Adding vegetables makes it better but it can’t eliminate the bad effects of Trans fat and chemicals. Replace instant noodles with whole grain spaghetti can make your dinner healthier.

    • knitsbysachi says:

      Thank you. We only have instant noodles in moderation. We do know that it is an ultimate junk food in our country.
      I used dried egg noodles for bigger portion and that worked well. Fine rice noodles became a bit too sticky unless you add oil after cooking. Spaghetti made the salad a little too wet.

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