Hungover noodles are a fun name for a quick and easy noodle bowl loaded with a fried egg on top. Packed with spicy chorizo, salty bacon, chewy noodles and a slick sauce this dish will tick a lot of your boxes and then some. Asian noodles with egg on top can be a lazy breakfast, lunch or dinner meal.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- Simple ingredients: you will be able to get everything you to make this noodle recipe from your local grocery store. Even though it comes across as an Asian noodle recipe, you won't have to head to the Asian supermarket. (Which is often further away than the local store).
- Budget friendly: instant noodles (also known as ramen noodles or 2 minute noodles) are cheap as chips! Add a couple of extra ingredients and some items you might already have in your pantry already and you are good to go.
- Back to basics: all we do with this recipe is fry off some bacon, chorizo, garlic and green onions, cook some noodles, stir together a sauce and pour that over the top. It is an easy recipe that all cooking skills can achieve from beginners to advanced home chefs.
- Comfort food: they are playfully called hungover noodles as a way to say if you are feeling a little out of sorts, they will put you back into good sorts rather quickly. High in sodium they put in what you may have taken out.
- Fast cook time: quicker to make than waiting for the delivery guy or gal, as soon as the craving hits you can whip these noodles up and then be fed and satisfied without having to order in 😉👍.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Bacon: store bought diced bacon is best as it requires no effort to prepare.
- Chorizo: we use 2 chorizo sausages, sliced into thin pieces.
- Peanut oil: popular to use in Asian recipes, we use this to cook the garlic and green onions in.
- Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little bit of black pepper in the pan when we go to season the garlic and green onions.
- Sriracha sauce: this hot chilli sauce is indeed hot! As such we only need a small amount which does go a long way.
- Soy sauce: this is regular not dark soy sauce (like the sushi style soy).
- Fish sauce: this aromatic sauce adds a ton of flavour to Asian recipes.
- Sesame oil: another aromatic ingredient which smells amazing. It too gets added to our sauce helping to create a savory deliciousness.
- Garlic: we use a couple of cloves of garlic thinly sliced. You can use minced garlic in place of the fresh garlic cloves if you need to.
- Eggs: free range are always best to use. We want to pan fry these once the noodles are cooked and pop them on top of each serving bowl.
- Green onions: I swear for most of my life I thought these were called 'shallots'. But nope, shallots are small onion like vegetables. I thank my readers for pointing this out to me! We use these and fry them off in the pan with the garlic.
- Spinach: the use of fresh spinach in the recipe is to give the noodles a vegetable component other than the garlic and the green onions.
- Noodles: instant noodles, ramen noodles, the quick cooking type. They work.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making the recipe. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the easy noodles recipe. We start by gathering the ingredients to make the sauce.
- Gather the sauce ingredients (Photo 1)
- Whisk to combine (Photo 2)
- Cook the chorizo and bacon (Photo 3)
- Cook the garlic and green onions (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Hungover Noodles
To make the recipe we start by combining the sauce ingredients. To do this add the sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce and sriracha sauce to a small glass and then using a mini whisk to stir and combine.
Once done we want to cook the chorizo and bacon. Place a large frying pan onto the stove top and turn the heat to high. Add the chorizo and bacon pieces and cook for 3-5 minutes until crispy. Then use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a paper towel lined bowl.
Next without rinsing or cleaning the pan add the peanut oil, sliced scallions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, frying these off until they soften and wilt slightly (2 minutes).
- Add the chorizo bacon mix back to the pan (Photo 5)
- Add the cooked noodles (Photo 6)
- Pour over the sauce (Photo 7)
- Toss to combine (Photo 8)
Next we want to start to combine the elements by adding the cooked chorizo and bacon mix back to the pan. Then read and follow the instructions on the noodle packet to cook them and once done use a colander over the sink to drain and discard the water.
The next step is to then add the cooked noodles to the hot pan with the chorizo and garlic mix.
Then pour the sauce over the lot and use a pair of kitchen tongs to toss and combine as you see me having done in the photos above.
- Add the spinach (Photo 9)
Once the noodles and sauce are combined, add the spinach leaves to the pan as shown in the photo above.
Then you want to stir, allowing the leaves to wilt like shown in the photo below.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Once the spinach has wilted and you have folded into the noodles in the pan, it is time to portion the dish into bowls and fry some eggs.
You can do this on a separate element of the stove using a 2nd frying pan if you wish too as that way they will be good to go as soon as the noodles are done.
You won't need a side, salad or other, chopsticks and a bowl of this is plenty and will kick the was hungry now I am full box 😂.
That being said if you do want an appetizer, the best match is the spring rolls. They fit the theme and the flavor combo.
After adding the egg on top of the noodles, you might like to drizzle some more sriracha across the dish. But I will leave you to decide that is it really is hot stuff baby 🌶😁.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover noodles in a bowl with cling wrap on top or in a sealed, airtight container. They can be refrigerated for 2 days and are best consumed hot.
How to Freeze
I don't recommend freezing the dish as you loose the essence of it. However, as a means to be organised, you can purchase both the chorizo sausages and diced bacon and freeze these before thawing and using when you are ready to make the recipe.
How to Reheat
Add leftover portions of the dish to a bowl with cling wrap and heat on high in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until warmed through.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can use vegetable oil or olive oil in place of the peanut oil.
- In place of the chorizo and bacon you can use other proteins like shrimp or chicken.
- You can use broccolini in the dish for an extra vegetable if you wish. If wanting to do so add it when frying the garlic and green onions as it needs a little bit of time to cook.
- If you want to add more vegetables you can. Asian leafy greens are a good idea as is sliced cabbage, mushrooms or carrots.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- We don't need to use oil when we are cooking the chorizo and bacon as the fat from them will render out and grease the pan.
- Once cooked, we remove them from the pan but we don't want to rinse or clean the pan as we have started to create the flavor base and want that left in the dish.
- We do then use the peanut oil when we are cooking the garlic and green onions.
- For a super quick way to cook ramen noodles, add them to a heat proof bowl, boil the kettle and then pour the boiling water over the top. Set the timer for 2 minutes and drain once they are cooked.
- I find chopsticks handy when cooking the noodles as you can use these to break up any clumps as they soften.
- We don't need to use the noodle water. So once they are cooked, you can use a colander over the sink to drain them and discard the water.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What to add to plain noodles?
Spruce up plain noodles by adding a savory sauce, some protein and a handful of vegetables.
What can I do with packet noodles?
Packet noodles are often best when the dried packets of seasoning and vegetables are discarded and then the noodles are cooked and added to stir fry recipes with proteins such as beef, chicken, shrimp or pork.
How to fry an egg for noodles?
Use a seperate frying pan to cook the eggs to the one you used for your noodles so that you can do this towards the egg of the noodle cooking time and have them both hot at the same time. Spray the pan with cooking oil and then crack the eggs one by one into the pan. They are ready when the white is fully white (not clear) and the yolk is bright yellow and runny when pierced.
😍 More Easy Dinner Recipes
Din dins. It can be the best meal of the whole day! To achieve this we need a variety of recipes to turn to which offer diversity through taste, textures, carbs and proteins. Here are some ideas I know you will love!
- Chicken Yaki Udon
- Ginger Scallion Noodles
- Chicken Corn Noodle Soup
- Garlic Spaghetti
- Bacon Pesto Pasta
- Rocket Pesto Pasta
- Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta
- Baked Ziti With Meatballs
Hungover Noodles (Noodles With Fried Egg)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce Note 1
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- ½ tablespoon sriracha sauce Note 2
- 2 chorizo sausages Note 3
- ½ cup diced bacon Note 4
- ½ tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 bunch green onions (scallions) roots and tips trimmed and then finely sliced, Note 5
- 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon salt Note 6
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 4 packets dried noodles (2 mins noodles) Note 7
- 1 cup spinach leaves Note 8
- 4 medium eggs free range, Note 9
To serve (optional):
- sriracha sauce
- Sauce: gather the sauce ingredients and then add the soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil and sriracha sauce to a small glass and use a mini whisk to stir till consistently combined. Then set aside.
- Chorizo and bacon: place a large frying pan onto the stove top, turn the heat to high and add the sliced chorizo and bacon pieces. Cook these for 3-4 minutes, using a wooden spoon to move them around in the pan as they cook. Once done, transfer them to a paper towel lined bowl.
- Garlic and green onions: next without rinsing or cleaning the pan add the peanut oil, sliced green onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook these for 2-3 minutes until they wilt slightly and soften.
- Noodles: read and follow the instructions on the noodle packet to cook them, gently breaking them up with chopsticks as they soften. Once cooked, use a colander over the sink to drain the noodles and discard the water.
- Combine: add the cooked chorizo and bacon mixture to the cooked garlic in the pan then add the cooked noodles. Next pour the sauce over the top and then use kitchen tongs to toss and combine.
- Spinach: place the spinach leaves on top of the noodles and gently stir as they wilt and fold them into the dish.
- Eggs: place a 2nd frying pan onto a seperate element on the stove and use high heat to fry the eggs.
- To serve: portion the combined noodles into bowls and top each bowl with a fried egg. Then drizzle some sriracha sauce on top (optional).
- Note 1 - Measurements: an Australian tablespoon is 20ml, an American one is 14.8ml. If you are using an American tablespoon use 1 and ⅓ of each for the sauce.
- Note 2 - Sriracha sauce: if you are new to using sriracha then use it sparingly as it is hot!! Add a little, then taste, then a little more etc. When drizzling, be really refined, a couple of drops, squirt is perfect, too much and it will ruin the other flavours in the dish.
- Note 3- Chorizo: you will be able to get these spicy sausages from the fridge section where the sandwich meats are or in the deli. We simply need to chop them into thin slices.
- Note 4 - Bacon: save time and purchase diced bacon (no need to chop, add straight to frying pan).
- Note 5 - Green onions: I mistakenly called these shallots when I 1st published the recipe. Apologies! I always thought they were called that. A faithful reader corrected me, thankfully😉👍. I did double the amount used from 4 to a full bunch when I updated the recipe.
- Note 6 - Salt: the bacon and chorizo have a salty taste, so it is fine to omit the additional salt if you don't want it in the dish.
- Note 7 - Noodles: the type of noodles that work best for this recipe are the quick to cook style. Also known as 2 minute noodles or ramen noodles. Discard the packet seasoning and dried vegetables and use only the dried noodles.
- Note 8 - Spinach: or rocket (arugula) leaves are easy as there is no prep work. Choose your favourite. Spinach is mild whereas rocket has a peppery taste. I doubled this amount from 1 to 2 cups when I remade the recipe.
- Note 9 - Eggs: serving size is for 1 egg per person (fried, runny yolk).
Recipe published December 2020, updated in October 2023 to correctly call green onions as such or 'scallions' not shallots. I added extra spinach and green onions also. New photos and a rewrite 😉👍