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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles

there are quite a few things in this life that make my days brighter just by simply existing: that expanse of 81S going thru 3 states, where the mountains are blue-grey and hazy and seem to stretch on to forever. sipping fresh, hot coffee on my faded elephant couch while watching saturday morning foodtv. dw. and noodles.

it’s a weird thing. i grew up with noodles, not of the italian pasta variety, but the asian rice kind, and it’s never once occurred to me that they would be so much a part of what my body craves now. we have a diverse meal plan at home, it’s whatever is in season, on sale and can be prepared quickly and simply. this is such a dish that i can put together on a week night, after a busy day at work, and all i want to do is enjoy the simple brighter things that an evening shared with my beloved can provide.

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles
adapted from the complete vietnamese cookbook by Ghillie Basan
this can just as easily be made vegetarian, use tofu instead.

sesame oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
knob of ginger, finely chopped
4-6 green onions/scallions, chopped
1 skinless chicken breast fillet, cut into bite-size pieces
3 1/2 oz pork loin, cut into bite-size pieces
1 TBL tomato paste
2 TBL tamarind paste
1 TBL fish sauce
juice of one line or lemon
2 tsp sugar
2/3 cup water or stock (i used chicken)
rice noodles cooked accordingly to package instructions
bunch of fresh basil & mint to garnish

heat up a heavy pan and add the oil. stir in the onion, garlic, and ginger. cook until they begin color and get really fragrant. add in the green onions, cook for a minute, then add in the meats.

stir in the tomato paste, tamarind paste, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. pour in the chicken stock (or water) and cook gently. allow the liquid to reduce.

in the meantime, cook up the rice noodles in a pot of water. i typically cook them until just barely done. drain noodles, add to the meat pan. season with salt/pepper or fish sauce. serve immediately, with basil & mint.

dig the eff in.

Singapore Noodles

other asian noodle dishes:
noodle with tofu stir fry
veggie noodle bowl
veggie stir fry with banh canh noodles
wonton noodle soup
Pho Bo
bo kho
fancy ramen noodles
bun bo hue


  1. Noodles are such a wonderfully comforting meal. Yours look spectacular.

  2. I love the flavors in these noodles and the fresh herb garnish is the perfect finish!

  3. I love noodles too. In my family, I'm the only one who really loves to eat them...they're my anytime fave food. Especially love it when they're loaded with veggies and meat. I feel a crave coming on...despite it being 7 45 am!

  4. I have always loved noodles too (as a child I referred to it as poodles). :D This dish is gorgeous!

  5. I cannot even tell you how much my body has been craving noodles this week. (And sushi.) I can almost hear my bones moaning for a noodle bowl. Garlic, ginger, fish sauce... yes, please!!

  6. I have needed comfort food lately, and somehow have managed to overlook noodles. This must change.

  7. The flavor looks amazing, Lan! I have tamarind paste but I don't have many recipes to use. I'm so happy to find it in this recipe!

  8. I love noodles :) Noodles in your photos looks amazing :)

  9. It was great to meet you this past weekend. Hope you had a great car ride back :)
    I learned to love these type of noodles here, did not have any in Turkey back then. I love them more than pasta type.

  10. You got me craving these noodles! I'd try it with just 1 type of meat though. Not sure about many dishes in which I need chicken and pork. Lime in this sounds great too..yum!

  11. Oh my this noodle dish looks awesome! I can't wait to give it a try!

  12. Noodles are so comforting. I grew up with rice and I have cravings for rice usually and I feel better when u mentioned your cravings about noodles- I guess our body is just used to it. This is such a weekday meal- love it

    1. i also crave rice... but keeping in mind that my significant other might not be all about it, i do have to curb that craving...

  13. OMG, these noodles look SO good!!! I must try these!