September 21, 2014

[VeganMoFo 2014] Mark Bittman's Crispy Noodle Cake Recipe + Two Book Giveaways: Best Food Writing 2011 | Vicky Goes Veg

Like many of you out there I am a HUGE lover (read as hoarder) of cookbooks and books based on food writing. I don't need any reason in particular to buy one. Sometimes it's the theme of the cookbook; sometimes the author; sometimes the reviews are so great that I can't stop myself from ordering a copy; sometimes it is as silly as the book cover. Whatever may be the reason, now I have a selection of books that I seldom use and book giveaways to few lucky readers was something I wanted to do since a long time. I handpicked 12 such books that I simply loved for each day of this week. Winners as usual will be randomly picked and there are few more simple ways to increase your chances. Scroll down at the end of the post for more details. 

Also, since it's VeganMoFo week, a vegan friendly recipe is a must. Today, I made Mark Bittman's Crispy Noodle Cake Recipe. It makes a fantastic side dish, snack, or base for a stir-fry, where it soaks up all of the savory juices. You don’t need much else to call this a meal, though a beer alongside wouldn’t hurt.

Mark Bittman Crispy Noodle Cake

Mark Bittman's Crispy Noodle Cake 

Makes: 4 servings                                                                                                
Time: 45 minutes


8 ounces any kind of noodles [rice, buckwheat (soba), or wheat noodle. I used spaghetti!]
2 tbsp soy sauce, plus more to taste
1 tsp red chilli sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp chopped spring onion
3 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more as needed


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Cook the noodles until tender but not mushy. Drain them and rinse with cold water. Toss the noodles with soya sauce, red chilli sauce, sesame oil, spring onion, ginger and garlic. 

Put vegetable oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the noodles and press down a bit. Cook, pressing down occasionally, until brown and crisp on the bottom (adjust the heat so the noodles brown but do not burn). 

Carefully put a large dish over the skillet and flip it to turn out the cake. Add a little more oil to the pan, swirl it around, and gently slide the cake off the plate and back into the skillet, uncooked side down, all in one piece. Brown the other side, then slide it onto a platter. At this point, if you want cut the cake into 4 wedges, or wait and roughly break it apart after topping.)

How can you win either of these Day 1 Book Give-aways (Worldwide Shipping)

1. Leave a comment on this post. As simple as that.

To increase your chances in the random drawing, do one or more of the following and leave a separate comment once you did so. 

2. Follow Cooking With Siri on Facebook 

3. Follow on Twitter. - @sirime

4. Subscribe to Cooking With Siri feed.

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Feel free to use the this text - 
{CookBooks #Giveaway} #Enter for a chance to #win TWO books at @sirime's blog (Worldwide Shipping) More details:
If you are already liked me on facebook, following on twitter or subscribed to RSS feed, just leave a comment letting me know and you are entered in the giveaway automatically! You don't have to be a blogger to win these book give-way(s) and open worldwide. 

Last date for participation is September 29th 2014  midnight IST and Two randomly chosen winners will be announced on September 30th 2014.

Good Luck to all!


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  1. These noodles look really awesome Siri! I'm going to make them for my son soon, he will love them! Of course, I already follow you on both FB & Twitter. I'm going to tweet about your giveaway too ... good luck!

  2. Good one Siri. Will try soon. FYI, did everything to win your hand picked selection of books :)

  3. Longtime lurker here! :-) And I follow you on facebook and via Feedly.

  4. been following your blog... i love the photographs.., being an amateur clicker, I love to get new inspirations.. and not to forget the simple easy recipes..
    Have tweeted, and shared on facebook wall too :)
    This is a lovely giveaway.. I wish I win one

  5. I follow you on facebook and i am longtime follower of ur blog, i loved your 365 days in pic.

  6. I m game and done wid all the requisites

  7. Dude, Im so doing this, nentering the giveaway that is. I love Holly Huges collections and 2011 is one I am missing. I have 2012 and 2010 :P
    I think Im already following you on fb and twitter. I follow you on feedly, but just adding your feedburner also. Off to tweet about the giveaway! Here we go :)

  8. Always game for a new book. Crispy noodles sound like an awesome treat.

  9. The recipe is simple and awesome..
    I am also very fond of reading and collecting cook books .. infact I read them like novels and each time something new ( tip )catches my attention. Also a great fan of Vicky Ratnani.. I wish I would be the winner of his cook book. :)

  10. I have done everything as mentioned in the post .
    Tweeted about the event too
    My twitter name - Shobha keshwani

  11. subscribed:

  12. I am in for this giveaway. Hope to receive one lovely book. Following on facebook, twitter and also on Feedly.
    Twitted about this giveaway too :)


  13. Hope I win, the best food writing 2011

  14. What a wonderful idea, Siri!
    I follow u on FB and am tweeting away!

  15. Siri
    Noodle cake looks nice.already follow you on Facebook.

  16. and a regular reader of your blog as i am a subscriber

  17. have tweeted about this giveaway now :)

  18. Wonderful blog and great collection of recipes.

    Wish to win!. I subscribed with the

  19. I am your BFF. We are so similar in so many things except one glaring thing! You always win giveaways and I never do! But still going to comment for the heck of it 'cos if not here where else am I going to enter contests anyways :p. Hugs

  20. Hi siri, this is Bhuvaneshwari and it is the second time I am entering a giveaway from you. Hope this time and this would give my baking a good start. For your kind info am a fan of your Facebook page, I read all your posts in my subscriptions and I have commented here too. Thanks.

  21. Following you already and here is the comment. My eyes are set on the food writing one ;)

  22. Very nice and simple recipe. Now I am not going to miss any of your post because I liked your face book page.

  23. I am already Following Cooking With Siri on Facebook. My profile name is Soma Basak.

  24. I am already following you on Twitter. - @sirime . My twitter handle is @ZestandLeisure

  25. I love Mark Bittman's Veg book, I heard VB6 is good too

  26. I followed on Facebook, but it's linked to a different email (hope that's ok!)

  27. I followed on twitter, also linked to that alternate email address, and I tweeted:

  28. Vicky goes veg has been on my wishlist since ages! :-)

  29. Noodles look tasty, planning to make it this weekend

  30. I am Anne. I liked ur FB page, shared in Twitter but subscribed in different email ID :-)

  31. Special comment....commented here. Liked on Facebook.and receive your uodates

  32. Love that fried cake! I can imagine eating it with a good dose of sriracha

  33. Such easy recipe ...looks so delish ...following you in fb, twitter and have subscribe too ...finger's crossed :)

  34. Oh and I've followed you everywhere too!

  35. The noodle cakes look YUM! :) And yes, I am a huge fan of collecting cookbooks too (right now most of them are gifts :P)

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