We recently made a #fusion dish in the tiny kitchen that uses Asian-style spiced noodles. Basically it involves mixing the cooked noodles with a sauce so that it has a base flavor beyond simple spaghetti.
You could do this with ramen style noodles, though to up our fusion-ness we opted for spaghetti. Sort of an east meets west thing.
First, make the spaghetti. While it is cooking, prepare the sauce. Our sauce simply required mixing the following for 8 oz of pasta:
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
These ingredients can easily be changed to slightly alter the flavor. You can substitute 1 tbsp honey for the sugar or soy sauce for the fish sauce. You can even substitute Xiao Xing rice wine vinegar for the balsamic, which would be a more traditional Chinese flavor.
Once your pasta is cooked, simply strain, but do not rinse. Toss the pasta with the sauce and let it cool. Use this as a foundation for a more complete dish – we will add more to this base tomorrow!