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Spicy Vegetarian Dragon Noodles – Hot & Healthy!

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A bowl of fiery dragon noodles on a bamboo mat surface with another bowl of noodles and chopping board. |Hurry The Food Up

These spicy dragon noodles are not for the faint of heart! If you like a bit of fire in your mouth then you’re in the right place – this quick vegetarian chinese recipe is loaded with delicious chili and ginger and is sure to get that fire burning!

But we’re not just after this vegetable stir fry noodle recipe for its awesome flavour – as with all our recipes, we’re all about those health benefits. With dragon noodles, our focus is on their metabolism boosting effects!

Dragon noodles in a wok, with two wooden spoons for stirring stuck in the noodles, on a bamboo mat. | Hurry The Food Up

How could dragon noodles help boost your metabolism?

Before we get into, a bit of Nutrition 101: what is metabolism? Metabolism is basically the process by which your body converts food into energy (or fat). It plays a role in weight gain/loss because:

Slow metabolism = fewer calories burnt = more stored as fat.

Fast metabolism = more calories burnt = less stored as fat.

There are many different factors that affect metabolism – from genetics to hormones to diet. While you can’t entirely control it, there are a few things you can do that could potentially boost it, such as introducing certain foods to your diet, like this healthy noodle recipe.

Of course, we can’t promise that eating a few booster foods alone will help you lose weight. You have to take many things into account – there’s no magic spell! That’s why we run our vegetarian weight loss courses – to guide you through the process.

But for now, let’s look at which ingredients in our spicy dragon noodles recipe could help boost your metabolism!

Two bowls of dragon noodles, a chopping board with spring onions and some chopsticks, on a bamboo mat. | Hurry The Food Up

Eggs are hard to beat!

There are a couple of eggs in this spicy vegetable noodle recipe. Eggs provide protein and are among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! Protein rich foods may help increase metabolism because they require the body to use more energy to digest. Studies show that protein rich foods increase the metabolic rate by 15-30%.

If you fancy another Asian-inspired recipe using eggs, aside from this vegetarian noodle recipe, we’ve got these delicious soy sauce eggs for you.

Feeling hot hot hot ! The benefits of chilli

Capsaicin, a chemical found in chilli peppers, can boost your metabolism by increasing the number of calories your body burns. A review shows that capsaicin in chilli peppers increases energy expenditure by approximately 50 calories per day.

The chili in this spicy noodle recipe is providing more than just fiery flavour! Who knew eating hot noodles could boost your metabolism too!?

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Getting to the root of it: benefits of ginger

Ginger also shows a metabolism boosting effect. For example, there is evidence that consuming ginger powder in hot water enhances the thermic effect of food.

The majority of research into ginger has been conducted on ginger powder. We use fresh ginger for our spicy dragon noodles, which is even healthier as it is less processed.

Therefore, if studies suggest that even powdered ginger has a metabolism boosting effect, then that stands fresh ginger in very good stead as a metabolism boosting food!

What our readers are saying?

I made this last night and it was awesomazing. (Yes I made up that word) I am a new vegetarian and this meal was one my entire family really enjoyed

Damon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wowzers, this actually makes me dribble! Amazing photography!

Hedi

So there you have it: an easy vegetarian Chinese food recipe with few ingredients that packs a punch of flavour AND health benefits! We won’t keep you from the kitchen any longer!

A birds eye view of two bowls of dragon noodles and a board with chopped spring onion, on a bamboo mat. |Hurry The Food Up
Dragon Noodles
4.67 from 9 votes
Love spice? Love noodles? Want both those things in 1 healthy package? Try our delicious spicy dragon noodles now!
Cuisine:Asian, Vegetarian
Diet: dairy-free
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes
Servings:2 people
Calories:575kcal

Ingredients

  • 9 oz noodles (wide are best in this dish, but pasta or spaghetti can be used too!)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 thumb ginger, fresh
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 chili
  • 1 large dollop favourite spicy sauce (I use a really spicy sweet chilli, but this is where you control the heat of the meal so take the level you’re comfortable with)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small handful parsley, fresh
  • salt to taste

Optional

  • Throw in some sesame seeds for a nutrient kick
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the sauce and mix it up to give it a more ‘creamy’ effect

Instructions

  • Put the noodles into boiling water to cook. If they’re quick cooking noodles (less than 8 mins) then wait until after you’ve prepped the veg (that’s the next step).
    9 oz noodles
  • Grate, julienne or spiralize the carrots and dice the ginger, garlic, spring onions and chili and fry everything together with oil (peanut oil is a great choice for Asian style cooking, but we often just grab olive if it’s to hand anyway) in a large pan for three or four minutes. Don’t add the garlic or ginger until halfway through.
    1 carrot, 1 thumb ginger, fresh, 1 clove garlic, 3 spring onions, 1 chili
  • Use a spatula to stir and stop the ingredients sticking.
  • Add the spicy and soy sauces and stir in.
    1 large dollop favourite spicy sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Crack the eggs into a small bowl or cup and give a quick whisk with a fork.
    2 eggs
  • Pour the egg mix into the pan and stir it well in. Use the spatula move the egg around quickly so it cooks in a scrambled style. That should take no more than 2 minutes and when the egg is cooked take the pan off the heat. Throw in the parsley and salt, and sesame seeds if you're using them.
    1 small handful parsley, fresh, salt to taste, Throw in some sesame seeds for a nutrient kick, Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the sauce and mix it up to give it a more ‘creamy’ effect
  • The pasta should be ready by now, so drain and rinse and add it to the pan. Mix everything up well so the noodles are coated in your delicious spicy sauce.
  • You’re now ready to serve!

NOTES

Recipe inspired by Budget Bytes, thanks!
Here are some more recipes that you may enjoy:
Hot & Spicy Pasta Arrabiata
Popping Purple Beetroot Pasta
Nutty & Nutritious Peanut Pasta Salad
Easy Cheesy Tomato Spinach Pasta
Hearty & Wholesome Pasta Casserole

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Dragon Noodles
Serving Size
 
306 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
575
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
164
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
1334
mg
58
%
Potassium
 
405
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
116
g
39
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Vitamin A
 
5895
IU
118
%
Vitamin C
 
41
mg
50
%
Calcium
 
84
mg
8
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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25 comments
  1. WOA – what a delicious way to eat noodles! I’ve gotta try this soon!

    1. I’m sure you have a similarly cool dish in the Sri Lankan cuisine. I’ll have to find out 😀

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so fresh and colourful. I would love to try this.

    1. It’s worth it! 🙂

  3. Sans the eggs and this sounds just delish! Yum!

  4. Noodle LOVE! Looks so great, and I appreciated the (brief) overview of the Dragon Noodle! 😉

  5. Those bowls of noodles look so delicious. Perfect…minus the egg :O)

    1. Thanks Melanie! 😉
      Yesss, we have a tofu version in the pipeline too, haha

  6. I love a good spicy noodle recipe! Looks delicious!

  7. Wowzers, this actually makes me dribble! Amazing photography!

    1. haaa, glad you noticed! I tried to improve my photography in the last couple of shots 🙂

  8. It’s not even 9am here, yet I am totally craving this now!! Your pics are beautiful and I want to dive right into my screen and slurp it all up!

    1. hahahah, well I totally understand! Thanks for the feedback on the photos 😀

  9. If only my kids would eat spicy! Eventually I guess…Until then…more for me!

  10. My daughter like noodles. Once in a while i will cook, but i do my Indian style ;). But this recipe is very interesting. I want to try this weekend and i will surprise my daughter. Pinned this for later.

  11. you had me at fiery and noodles…thats probably the best two words right now plus I’m starving.

  12. Yum! Spicy noodles, with veggies. I’m totally up for a big bowl of fire!

  13. This looks delicious Howie, so bright and colorful and these kind of flavors are some of my favorite! I’m starving right now and wish I had some of this!! I love, love fresh ginger too.

  14. I might have to try this with an egg replacer – Sounds SO GOOD

  15. Haha, love your intro, Hauke. These noodles sound delicious, they would make the perfect dinner 🙂

  16. This looks really good and I love the color combination. I used to make something like this after work when I was really hungry. It’s so simple and easy to make. I definitely have to try this flavor combination. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yess, I love that recipe for it’s simplicity too! Such a great quick dinner! 🙂

  17. This looks so delicious, fresh ,and easy to make, will be trying thia soon. All your receipes and information is amazing.
    Thank you

  18. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was awesomazing. (Yes I made up that word) I am a new vegetarian and this meal was one my entire family really enjoyed

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