by | Aug 9, 2012 | 22 comments

Noodlecakes - An instant healthy snack | Cook Republic

When there is a choice - noodles or pancakes; why pick just one? Introducing, Noodlecakes! I know that sounded like a pitch for an advertisement on telly or *inserts deep male voice* the opening line of a new blockbuster trailer. But it is neither! It is merely a compromise we reached one afternoon when one of my offsprings wanted noodles for a snack and the other wanted pancakes. Although I do have a feeling, the one craving noodles won this round!

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Cook noodles, drain them, mix them with some crunchy veggies cut in strips, add flour and eggs and seasoning. Pan fry. Voila!! Nothing to it but a quick, healthy and fun afternoon snack. Rivs was very excited to hand model for this recipe both in the dying light the night I made this and the following morning before breakfast. He was professional, patient and a sheer delight to work with. If anyone wants to work with a new and upcoming hand model, you know where to find him! He even eats the subject after so there is no clean up required.

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When there is a choice - noodles or pancakes; why pick just one? Introducing, Noodlecakes!
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Author: Sneh
Course // Breakfast, Light Meal, Lunch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 4 snow peas, trimmed and julienned
  • 1 spring onion, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 packet instant noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup polenta
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying


  • Place flour, polenta, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the carrots, snow peas and spring onions. Toss to mix well. Add the cooked noodles, ginger paste, egg and water. Mix to get a stiff and sticky loose-dough like mixture.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Using a large spoon or your fingers, scoop the noodle mixture onto the pan in rough 8 centimeter flat circular shapes.
  • Cook for a minute or two before gently flipping over and cooking the other side. Each side needs to be cooked for at least 2 to 3 minutes until golden and crunchy on the outside and cooked through the middle.
  • Repeat with the remaining noodle mixture. Serve warm with ketchup or soy sauce. Alternatively, wrap in paper towel and pack for lunch.


To cook the noodles, add a packet of instant noodles (minus the flavouring) to a saucepan. Cover noodles with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, drain hot water and refresh with cold water several times to stop them from cooking more. Drain all water and set aside.
You can add any seasonal veggies you can find as long as they are firm and retain their crunch after slight cooking.
Try cooking this batter in a waffle maker.
Serve these in newspaper cones at your next Street Food Themed Party.
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  1. Jean

    What a fun and deliciously healthy recipe! I can't wait to make this for my kids (and for me!)

  2. Dora

    This is the first time I ever see something like this. It looks absolutely delicious & I can't wait to have all the ingredients to make them!! My mouth is!! Thanks for my new recipe,


  3. kim

    Good ldea, my kids would love them. l wouldn't call them healthy thought. Mostly all refined wheat.

  4. Christine | Oatmeal bowl

    My daughter is going to LOVE these. Pinned to a Cooking Light board under Fun Foods. 🙂

  5. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy

    What a great idea! I love it 🙂 my kids would polish these off very quickly.

  6. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Awesome idea!

  7. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy

    This is such a fun and cleaver idea! I have sent this to my friend who is looking for ways to sneak veggies to her 3 year old!

  8. chinmayie @ love food eat

    Such a fun recipe! Love the style of photos here...

  9. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    What a fun idea Sneh!!! I love the way you think. I know my stepsons would enjoy these!

  10. MikeVFMK

    what a fab idea! I love noodles and never thought about how great it would be handheld. And it looks so good. Love it.

  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    A model who eats the props is always a good thing - no cleanup required! I have a 5 year old who's kinda the same 🙂

  12. Monet

    How very creative...and certainly delicious! Thank you for inspiring me to think outside the noodle box!

  13. Eha

    Gorgeous story, nifty idea and definitely a foodie model in the making 🙂 !

  14. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Fascinating! I thought you were going to give us a kind of noodle kugel, but instead it's asian inspired. Love it!

  15. Suzanne Perazzini

    This is a very innovative way to solve a problem. Great hand model.

  16. Colette

    You're a genius! I can't wait to try this. And your hand models are adorable. 🙂

  17. Priya Sreeram

    oh this is a yum idea !

  18. JK Patt

    The instant noodles is the best part. Budget friendly. This looks delicious!

  19. Jen @ Savory Simple

    What a fun snack idea! They sound totally delicious.

  20. JJ @ 84thand3rd

    haha! Such a cute idea! All sorts of variations floating in my head - yum 🙂

  21. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    What a great idea, these looks like a scrumptious snack! Great hand modeling too!

  22. Rosa

    A great idea! Surely really scrumptious. I'd have mine with soy sauce and sweet chili sauce...




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