Vegan Kung Pao Noodles with Charred Broccoli is a delicious Asian recipe that gets ready within 30 minutes. The combination of hot and sweet slurpy noodles with crunchy peanuts and charred broccoli makes it irresistible.
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A few months back I shared one of my favorite vegan Chinese recipes - Kung Pao Cauliflower and people loved it.
Today I am sharing another Kung Pao recipe – Vegan Kung Pao noodles with Charred Broccoli. I love this recipe so much that I can have it every alternate day. The best thing is that it gets ready in 30 minutes and needs only a few basic ingredients which are easily available in almost every kitchen.
This dish is from the Sichuan province of China and is very popular everywhere in the world.
The combination of hot and sweet noodles with crunchy peanuts and charred Broccoli is awesome and is a must-try.
Origin of Kung Pao recipe
The original Kung Pao recipe is Kung Pao chicken from which all the other Kung Pao versions originated.
Kung Pao Chicken recipe was invented by one of the Governor Generals of Sichuan province – Ding Baozhen in the 18th century. Gong Bao was his honorary title so his dish got the name Gong Bao chicken which later became Kung Pao chicken.
I love reading the history of our food and ingredients so whenever I make something I don’t just read the recipe but also the story behind it.
Do let me know if you also enjoy the history of food or the journey of ingredients
Tips & Tricks
- Instead of broccoli, roasted eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, tofu, etc, can also be used in the dish.
- Spaghetti can be used to make this dish too. However, if you are using spaghetti instead of noodles in an Asian dish don't cook it al dente.
- Be careful while adding salt as a lot of soy sauce is used in the recipe. Add salt only if required to meet your taste preference.
- Instead of peanuts, roasted cashew nuts or a combination of both can also be used.
- This dish needs Sichuan pepper which has a lemony taste and tastes slightly different than black peppercorns. However, if you could not find Sichuan peppercorns, use black peppercorn. You can also add crushed coriander seeds for that lemony taste of spice.
- Keep the sauces mixed and ready as once you put the wok on heat the entire process will get over within a few minutes. If the sauces mixture won't be ready the chilies, pepper, and garlic will get burned.
More easy vegan noodle recipes
I love noodles. A plate of any delicious noodle dish is enough to make my day. If you love it too then don't miss to check my following easy vegan noodle recipes:
- Veg Chowmein
- Peanut butter noodles
- Mushroom noodles
- Thai curry noodles
- Chili garlic noodles
- Ramen with vegetables
If you try any of my recipes then please don’t miss to rate it in the comments section below.
Step by step photo instructions
Vegan Kung Pao Noodles with Charred Broccoli
- 400 gms noodles/ spaghetti
- 2.5 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup chopped spring onion green part
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 4 dried red chilies
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts skinned
- 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn/ 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorn
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper adjust as per taste
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Salt as per taste
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp any hot sauce adjust as per taste
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2.5 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/3 cup water
- Spread broccoli florets on a baking tray. Apply some vegetable oil, sprinkle salt and pepper. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for 12-13 minutes or until the florets get golden brown patches.
- Boil noodles as per the instructions given on the packet. Drain and keep aside.
- In a bowl mix sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. Mix and keep aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a wok. Add red chilies and peppercorns, sauté for a few seconds. Add minced garlic and sauté until it becomes fragrant.
- Next, add the sauce mix, salt, and cook for around 2 minutes. In a bowl mix water and corn starch. Add the corn starch slurry to the sauce. Stir continuously and cook until the sauce thickens.
- Add boiled noodles, roasted peanuts, charred broccoli, and spring onion to the sauce. Mix everything and cook on high flame for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!
- Add salt to the sauce only if required as the soy sauce is salty too.
- Instead of roasted peanut, roasted cashew nuts can also be used in the dish.