Recipe: Spicy Sesame & Edamame Noodles with Black Bean Tenderstem

30 Minute Takeaway Challenge

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Here’s a challenge for you…. I bet you can get these two gorgeous dishes on the table from scratch in less time than it takes to order a Chinese takeaway and have it delivered.

Yes, I know its not exactly the same as ordering a takeaway, in that you have to actually do some work in the kitchen.  But I can guarantee these two dishes will be piping hot, cooked from scratch with super-fresh ingredients, less greasy, less salty and significantly cheaper than most takeaways I’ve had recently.  (You can treat yourself to a very nice bottle of wine with the savings!).  So what’s on the menu? 

Spicy Sesame & Edamame Noodles

Black Bean Tenderstem & Pak Choi

I was delighted to be challenged by Blue Dragon to create a recipe from a hamper of ingredients they sent me. I use their products a lot for recreating Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes at home – the flavours are very authentic, and ideal for everything from a quick stir-fry to elaborate homemade sushi.

30 minute takeaway challenge

To make these two dishes together in under 30 minutes, I suggest that you do all the preparation first – peel and chop everything and have it all ready next to the hob, as the few minutes you spend cooking will be fairly high speed!  You will need one small saucepan, plus two frying pans or woks.  Easy peasy!

The recipes are posted separately below, so if you’re printing them off make sure you print both!

Spicy Sesame & Edamame Noodles - ingredients

4.8 from 6 reviews
Spicy Sesame & Edamame Noodles
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: Serves 2
  • 100g Blue Dragon Wholewheat Noodles
  • 100g vegetable 'noodles' (I used pre-made courgetti spaghetti and butternut spaghetti, but any veg will do!)
  • 2 tbsp groundnut or coconut oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2tsp 'lazy' garlic (or 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp ginger puree (or a 2cm piece ginger, peeled and grated)
  • 1 red chilli, sliced (and de-seeded if you prefer a little less heat)
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g edamame beans, podded (I used fresh, but frozen will also be fine here)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Blue Dragon soy sauce
  • Handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  1. Boil the noodles for 4 minutes, then drain and set aside. Cook the vegetable 'noodles' according to packet instructions and add to the rest of the noodles.
  2. Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan, and add the garlic, ginger and chilli. Cook for 2 minutes then add the sesame seeds and edamame beans. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring and tossing to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Tip the noodles and vegetable noodles into the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, then add the sesame oil, soy sauce and lime juice, and toss to combine. Serve scattered with coriander.
Black Bean Tenderstem - Ingredients
4.8 from 6 reviews
Black Bean Tenderstem & Pak Choi
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: Serves 2
  • 2 tbsp groundnut or coconut oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 head Pak Choi, white section finely sliced, and green leaves shredded
  • 150g Tenderstem broccoli, stalks cut into 3cm lengths
  • 1 packet Blue Dragon Black Bean Sauce
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the shallots and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the white section of the pak choi and the Tenderstem broccoli. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the black bean sauce to the pan, and cook for a further 3 minutes until the broccoli stalks are just tender.

Chinese Takeaway Challenge


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Disclosure: This post is an entry to the Foodies100 Chinese New Year recipe challenge sponsored by Blue Dragon.  The range of Blue Dragon products is available in all major supermarkets at an RRP from £0.69.  To find out more, visit


  1. Wow, look at those colours! I love quick, Asian style recipes! Bookmarking these.

    1. Thanks Sus! Yes this is my favourite sort of food, and so much tastier than overcooked, luke-warm takeaway food! x

  2. I may be drooling right now, I love how Blue Dragonn bring vegetables to life in such a tasty way:-)
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    1. Thanks Camilla! x

  3. Looks so good! So much better than oily, salty overcooked takeaways! So colourful and fresh 😀
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    1. Thanks Nadia! Yes I’ve had too many really disappointing takeaways recently – this sort of food tastes SO much better straight from the pan with really fresh ingredients! x

  4. This looks amazing! Homemade is always so much better! Yum!

  5. I’ve not long had supper but now I’ve seen this, I’m starving. It looks so fresh and delicious Kate. I didn’t know Blue Dragon did wholewheat noodles, so that’s a revelation.
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  6. Both these dishes look beautiful! I have to admit that we order a takeaway when we are feeling lazy but I always enjoy the food more if I make it myself!
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    1. Thanks Corina! Me too – but it is always worth the effort isn’t it!! I now tell myself if I make the effort I can spend the money on a really nice bottle of wine instead, which is usually incentive enough!! x

  7. They both look great Kate. Much nicer than takeaway and quicker too! Thanks for linking up : ) Twitter, stumbled and yummed.

    1. Thanks Jac! x

  8. Wow this looks so good! I do like Blue Dragon products especially their sesame oil. I will be pinning these recipes. Popping over from #meatfreemonday x
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    1. Thanks Kirsty – yes I totally love their sesame oil too! x

  9. Yum, I love edamame. Looks delicious. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe.

  10. Both recipes look delicious. Getting them faster than receiving an order from take away is fab too 🙂
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  11. definitely a must try. looks delicious

  12. I like this type of natural and spicy food. As a traveler I taste all type of food items in different places, recently I have visited some places in south India, i like all the food items especially the Hyderabad food

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