Slow Cooked Frugal Japanese Turkey Noodles

Welcome to my slow cooked frugal Japanese turkey noodles recipe.

Welcome to my slow cooked frugal Japanese turkey noodles recipe.

I always have the same argument with my Dad every Christmas. It is about the turkey and this argument has been going on for about 20 years. You see my dad absolutely hates the brown meat that you get on the turkey.

He sees it as a pointless part of the turkey and thinks that we should all buy just the turkey crown. The turkey crown gives you just the breast and in my mind can be rather boring. But if you love breast why bother buying anything else?

Well firstly I find it is cheaper to get the whole thing and then make some delicious dishes with the brown part of the turkey and if I just had the good stuff I doubt I would make things like turkey soup and turkey stir fries just because it would seem like a waste of quality meat.

For those of you that don’t know which bit is the brown meat it is the meat that traditionally comes off the turkey leg. It is delicious and so full of flavour. Plus because of its position it often has a lot more of the turkey juices on it than what you get with the breast.

This Japanese turkey recipe is a prime example of what you could do with the brown meat, when mixed in with a little of the white meat for a delicious post Thanksgiving and post Christmas meal.

If you play your cards right you could easily achieve lots of leftover meals and have turkey is your main meat for a good couple of weeks after you have initially cooked it.

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Slow Cooked Frugal Japanese Turkey Noodles
Serves: 2
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Cook time:
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  • 200g Egg Noodles
  • 50g Brown Turkey Meat
  • 50g White Turkey Meat
  • 25g Spring Onion (diced)
  • ½ Red Pepper (cut into small strips)
  • 1Tbsp Turkey Stock
  • 3Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1Tsp Honey
  • 1Tsp Garlic Puree
  • 1Tsp Ginger (grated)
  • 3Tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1Tsp Mixed Spice
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Prepare your turkey - pull it apart so that it is a mix of small stringy pieces and traditional stir fry sized pieces.
  2. Place your meat, vegetables and noodles into your slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the seasoning as well as your turkey stock.
  4. Place the slow cooker on the high setting and cook for 2 hours or until the peppers are nicely soft and the noodles are well cooked.
  5. Serve.
I find that the turkey stock gives it an amazing natural flavour and really makes you appreciate the meat. It is not traditional in Japanese cooking of this type but it gives it a lovely extra.

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