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Two-minute noodles. A classic university student staple that fixes growling tummies at any time of the day or night. Here are three ways you can jazz up your two-minute noodles with added nutrients and protein: noodle-omelette for breakfast, stir-fried noodles for lunch and creamy carbo-nooda-nara for dinner. Recipes and photography by Melissa Koh.


Breakfast

Noodle-Omelette


• Cook a packet of two-minute noodles for 1.5 minutes instead of the usual 2 minutes.

• Drain, drizzle with half a teaspoon of oil and set aside.

• Beat 3 eggs in a bowl with half a packet of noodle seasoning.

• In a non-stick pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil over medium heat.

• Spread noodles evenly on pan and leave them for a minute.

• Pour beaten eggs evenly over the noodles and reduce heat to medium-low.

• Cut a slice of cheese into three or four segments. When the omelette is almost done (about 3

minutes,) add cheese on one half of the omelette.

• Let it cook for another minute before turning off the heat and sliding it onto a plate.

• Top with spinach and sliced tomato and fold in half.

• Season with cracked pepper and serve.

Lunch

Stir-fry Noodles


(makes two portions)

• Cut a piece of chicken breast into small chunks.

• Marinate with 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon of cornflour. Set aside in fridge.

• Cook two packets of two-minute noodles according to the packaging. Drain and set aside.

• In a non-stick wok, add 1 tablespoon of oil, one small onion (roughly chopped,) one garlic clove (finely chopped) and one thumb sized piece of ginger (sliced). Stir-fry over medium heat for a minute or two.

• Add one small carrot (sliced), a handful of cabbage (chopped) and stir-fry over medium heat for three minutes.

• Add marinated chicken pieces and stir-fry over medium heat for four minutes or until cooked.

• Add a packet of noodle seasoning to the noodles and toss everything together until well combined.



Dinner

Creamy Carbo-nooda-Nara


(makes two portions)

• Cook two packets of two-minute noodles according to packaging. Drain and set aside.

• In a mixing bowl, whisk 4 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs with one packet of noodle seasoning.

• In a deep non-stick pan, stir-fry a handful of bacon chunks over medium heat with a teaspoon of oil for about three minutes.

• Add long beans (trimmed and halved) and stir-fry for a minute.

• Add noodles, remove from heat and add cream. Toss to combine.

• Slowly pour egg mixture over the noodles in small increments. Toss noodles in between additions.

• Season with cracked pepper and serve.