Did you know today is National Noodle Day? Well, I recently learned about it. We have to celebrate because I love noodles in pho, bun, fettucine alfredo, oh, and I can’t forget about ramen! I put together a round-up of noodle-y things to help you celebrate too. Plus, keep reading enter to win a copy of Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles. (Links below are affiliate links)
Children’s Books for National Noodle Day
In Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina Lazo Gilmore, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama’s assistant chef. Of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora’s head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish. Food is such an integral part of each family’s heritage. You’ll want to grab your daughter (or son) for some bonding time in the kitchen after reading this book!
I love Quirk Books for the fun and playful books they publish. Kid-friendly cookbook Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes by Melissa Barlow adds character to your favorite pasta dishes. As in mac ‘n’ cheese Robots Bites and Sweet Ramen Trail Mix. Jaxson loves any sort of pasta or noodles so this would be a good way to get him to help out in the kitchen.
In Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles by Shan-Shan Chen, Mei-Mei and her family celebrate birthday in a special way. Mei-Mei’s mother and father traveled all the way to China to adopt her and bring her home. To honor her Chinese heritage, her family cooks special lucky birthday noodles on her birthday. The picture has bright, color illustrations. After reading the book together, you can even follow the recipe to make your own lucky noodles. Enter giveaway for this book at the end of the post.
We can’t forget the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. If you’ve only seen the movie, the book is a must read! The kids and I had a great time talking about what books we’d want to fall from the sky after reading this book.
Recipes for National Noodle Day
Are you hungry for noodles yet? Here’s some recipes to try:
These seriously are good noodles and have earned the title of Best Sesame Noodles Ever. The kids always have seconds and thirds. It’s very easy to make too.
If you’re feeling cheesy, try this Crab and Broccoli Linguine Alfredo from This Mama Can Cook. It looks so luscious!
Want something heartier? Grill some Vietnamese steak over rice noodles. Man, I’m getting hungry now!
If you want to try your hand at the famous Vietnamese pho, you can take Andrea Nguyen’s virtual class Vietnamese Classics: Pho, Noodles & Beyond over at Craftsy. You already know how much I love her cookbooks. She’s an expert when it comes to Vietnamese cooking. Craftsy also offers a ton of cooking and crafting classes.
Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles by Shan-Shan Chen, leave a comment telling me what your favorite noodle dish is! I’ll draw a winner on October 14, 2014 and contact you via the email listed in the comment. U.S. addresses only please.