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.
adapted from the complete vietnamese cookbook by Ghillie Basan
this can just as easily be made vegetarian, use tofu instead.
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.
other asian noodle dishes:
noodle with tofu stir fry
veggie noodle bowl
veggie stir fry with banh canh noodles
wonton noodle soup
fancy ramen noodles
bun bo hue