Sesame Noodle Bowls

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Sesame Noodle Bowls

Did you read Choose Your Own Adventure books when you were a kid? They were the best, right? But let’s be honest — I always peeked ahead to preview the adventure I was pursuing ;-). 

With kids and dinner, there is a fine line between being a short order cook (I’ll make you mac and cheese before theater rehearsals, and you grilled chicken after baseball practice, and maybe your dad and I will sit down for some leftovers between our nightly kid-Uber services?) and choosing your own adventure (let’s pick one base, customize the heck out of it, and make sure it’s good hot or cold to be served any time of night.) 

Enter the Sesame Noodle Bowl, a surefire creative and fun recipe your family will love. You may get a picky eater to try bok choy or bell pepper (something about letting kids choose and put on their own toppings makes this possible!) Or, and this is also okay, you may find your ten-year-old eating plain sesame noodles with grated carrots on the side. Best, you can douse your own bowl with the ultimate spicy condiment!  All the ingredients can be prepped ahead — perfect for spring when every night is an exercise in juggling. This meal is truly the best choose your own adventure, because we can guarantee any combination leads to a delicious dinner, all in under 30 minutes!

These bowls are customizable and ready in under 30 minutes, for a dinner that will make everyone happy!

  • Active Kitchen Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 lb thin noodles such as Japanese noodles, linguine, or whole wheat spaghetti
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 8 oz extra firm tofu or cooked chicken
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 heads baby bok choy
  • 1 large carrot
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving

Supper Smarts:

  • Super Swaps: Use any long thin noodles here - spaghetti, soba, or ramen all make great choices.

  • Serving Suggestions: Add leftover chicken, mushrooms, or other favorite family veggies to your noodle toppings bar. Set out hot sauces, like sweet chili or Sriracha, for anyone who wants to add a little heat.


Bring a pot of water to a boil.
Add 1 lb noodles to boiling water. Cook according to package directions.
Meanwhile, whisk ¼ cup soy sauce and ¼ cup canola oil in a small bowl.
Add 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp rice vinegar, and 3 Tbsp sesame oil to bowl. Whisk until combined.
Drain noodles. Return to pot.
Pour sauce on top of noodles. Mix well. Cover and set aside.
Prepare toppings. Cut 8 oz extra-firm tofu into small cubes. Place in prep bowl. Set aside.
Dice 1 red bell pepper into small squares. Place in second prep bowl. Set aside.
Thinly slice 2 heads bok choy and chop the leaves. Place in third prep bowl. Set aside.
Grate 1 large carrot on large holes of box grater. Place in fourth prep bowl. Set aside.
Prepare noodle bar: set toppings next to your pot of noodles on the table.
Build bowls with noodles and desired toppings. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. TASTE & SHARE!

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Lucas Vanderwoude May 6, 2024 @ 09:27 AM
it was great!