Apparently Singapore Noodles aren't really from Singapore at all. Confusingly the name is something of a misnomer. Luckily, awkward name aside, it's a very straightforward recipe. You can use pre-cooked noodles, a pre-chopped stir fry mix and throw in leftover meat, prawns, an egg or even tofu making it pretty much no-chop. What's more it's packed full of arthritis-busting spices, like turmeric, so it is a tasty way to give an anti-inflammatory boost to your diet. Maybe I should rename it Arthur's Aromatic Noodles?! Whatever you call this heap of spicy, aromatic noodles, it's a good recipe for anyone cooking with arthritis.
300g pre-cooked noodles (rice vermicelli are the most authentic)
300g stir-fry vegetables (whatever you like)
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp fresh grated ginger (you can buy it ready grated in jars or as a paste)
1 clove garlic crushed
1tsp mild curry powder
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2tsp sesame oil
A couple of handfuls of chopped cooked chicken, prawns or tofu
Lime wedges to serve (optional)
Heat the rapeseed oil in a large wok over a medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and spices and stir-fry for a minute. Throw in the vegetables and cook until they begin to soften (about 3 minutes). Add the noodles and chicken/prawns/tofu to heat them through. Sprinkle with the soy sauce. Finally, drizzle with sesame oil and serve.
Arthritis diet notes
If you are interested in the anti-inflammatory effects of spices and whether adding them to your diet really can help arthritis, have a read of these 'Arthur Investigates' posts on garlic, ginger and turmeric.