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June 13, 2020

5 Delicious But Easy Noodle Recipes to Make During the Coronavirus Pandemic: You Can Prepare These Flavorful and Healthy Noodle Dishes at Home

With businesses operating at limited capacity and the general public advised to stay indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic, you may be missing the ease and convenience of ordering your favorite noodle takeouts. It may surprise you that some of these delicious dishes are very easy to prepare if you have the right ingredients in your kitchen.

It’s Easy to Prepare Noodle Dishes 

Explore the contents of your kitchen or go for a quick grocery run to get the ingredients for these five delicious noodle dishes that will surely lift your mood.


  1. Asian Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles | Veteran Car DonationsIn less than 30 minutes, you can make some magic and impress your family with this delicious dish.

For the sauce, use:

1/3 cup reduced soy sauce

3 cloves minced garlic

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground fresh chili paste

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 tablespoon of grated ginger

1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • Boil the noodles in a separate pan, then drain.
  • In a separate skillet, fry some shrimp with two tablespoons of soy sauce in medium heat until it turns pink. Set aside.
  • In another pan, stir in 8 ounces diced mushrooms, one diced bell pepper, 2 diced zucchinis, and one grated carrot for about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the pasta, shrimp, and the sauce for another two to three minutes. Garnish with cilantro and you’re done.


  1. Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Beef Noodle Stir Fry | Veteran Car DonationsYou can make Beef Noodle Stir Fry from the leftover ingredients in your refrigerator. Like the Asian Garlic Noodles, you prepare the sauce separately before incorporating it with the actual noodle.


  • In a small bowl, mix 1/3 cup soy sauce, 3 tablespoons oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Add some pepper flakes and ground black pepper to taste.
  • Boil your udon noodles in a pot of water, and drain well.
  • Cook the beef in a separate pan in medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir fry mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli in a skillet until they are tender. Add in the beef, noodles, and sauce for about 2 to 3 minutes. It will be ready to serve that quickly.


  1. DIY Ramen

DIY Ramen | Veteran Car DonationsRather than go for the instant variety, take some time to make your ramen healthier and tastier. All you need are basic ingredients like:

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves minced garlic

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

4 cups chicken broth

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 packages of refrigerated Yaki Soba

3 cups baby spinach

1 grated carrot

2 tablespoons chopped chives.

You can add Narutomaki as an option.


  • Start by placing your eggs in a large saucepan and covering them with cold water by as much as an inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  • Cover your eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat before setting it aside for some 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the liquid, peel and halve the eggs.
  • In a stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the garlic and ginger until the aroma comes out. Whisk in chicken broth, mushrooms, soy sauce, and 3 cups water.
  • As the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the mushrooms have softened. This takes around 10 minutes. Stir in the Yaki Soba and cook for two to three minutes. Add the spinach and Narutomaki.
  • Wait until the spinach has wilted and the noodles are cooked through for about 2 to 3 minutes. Use the eggs as a garnish.


  1. Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Pho | Veteran Car DonationsVietnamese Pho takes hours to boil the flavorful broth, but you can take a shortcut with this simplified version.

You will need:

8 ounces dried rice noodles

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into chunks

salt and freshly ground pepper

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

6 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon of fish sauce.

For the garnishes, you can use onions, bean sprouts, cilantro leaves, mint leaves, jalapeno, and halved limes.


  • In a large pot of water, cook rice noodles, drain well and set aside.
  • In a stockpot, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Season the chunks of chicken with salt and pepper before cooking it in the stockpot for two to three minutes. Set aside.
  • Add the other tablespoon of olive oil into the stockpot. Add garlic and ginger and cook until it is fragrant. Add the chicken stock, hoisin sauce, and fish sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with rice noodles and chicken, garnished with onion, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, jalapeno, and limes to get the full pho experience.


  1. Chow Mein

Chow Mein | Veteran Car DonationsThis dish is a bestseller in Chinese restaurants for a reason. It is also pretty simple to prepare. All you need are:

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 cloves minced garlic

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

2 packages of refrigerated Yaki Soba

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 stalks of chopped celery,

2 cups shredded cabbage


  • For the sauce, whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and white pepper and set aside.
  • Cook Yaki Soba in a pot of boiling water, then drain.
  • In a skillet, cook the onion and celery until they are tender. Stir in the cabbage for about a minute. Stir in the Yaki Soba and soy sauce mixture until they are combined for about two minutes.


Reach Out to Our Suffering Vets

Mental Stress | Veteran Car DonationsWhile you prepare delicious noodle dishes during the coronavirus pandemic, spare a thought for the veterans in your community whose troubles have been further magnified by the contagion. These are our former troops who have been suffering from service-connected disabilities, mental health issues, inability to get jobs, and extreme poverty due to lack of support, leading to homelessness.

Even if you’re stuck indoors because of the pandemic, you can reach out to these veterans and provide them life-changing assistance. All you have to do is donate your old car or just about any other type of vehicle you no longer need to Veteran Car Donations.

We’ll have your donation auctioned off, with the proceeds going to nonprofit organizations that we are in partnership with. These IRS-approved 501(c)3 nonprofits will use the money to provide deserving veterans and their families with financial assistance, free medical treatment, employment opportunities, family support, and other essential services.

To ensure your safety, we’ll arrange for an unattended pick-up and towing of your donated vehicle for free. We can collect your vehicle wherever it is located in the country.

You’ll also enjoy our quick and convenient donation process where you don’t have to do any paperwork.

On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of receiving a maximized tax deduction in the next tax season.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us at our toll-free hotline 877-594-5822 or you may send us a message here. Check out our FAQs page for more information on our donation program. 

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