Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thai Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken and Vegetables


There is a small, local Thai restaurant neaby that serves a wonderful Thai noodle dish called Singha Noodles that I love. Our local newspaper published their recipe for this dish in a 'You Asked For It' column in the food section a while ago and I made it.

The list of ingredients seemed somewhat short to duplicate the wonderful flavor that I recalled. I'm always just a little suspect of recipes that are shared by a restaurants. Why would they want anyone to make their dishes at home and potentially lose business?


I decided to do a web search for Thai noodle recipes just to see how other recipes for Thai noodles compared to this one and found several that sounded quite good with a variety of other seasonings.  I combined the instructions and ingredients from those that I liked and kept my fingers crossed that it would taste as good as I remembered eating in the restaurant.

The addition of eggs in the recipe reminded me of the Italian pasta carbonnara, so that is how I decided to add the eggs to my Thai noodles - at the very end. 


The stir-fry turned out delicious and exceeded my expectations. Even my husband told me I could make this again, anytime! I'm sure this will be a recurring dish here from now on.  I'm looking forward to trying it with shrimp, pork and possibly duck.



Thai Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken

~Savoring Time in the Kitchen
Printable Recipe

Serves 2 very hungry people as a main dish.

8-oz (one box) thin rice noodles
2-4 tablespoons Canola oil
1-1/2 cups uncooked chicken breast, sliced into thin strips (you could substitute shrimp, pork or beef)
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic (about 1-2 cloves depending on size)
3 cups mixed vegetables, sliced into thin strips (I used pea pods, carrots, Napa cabbage, mushrooms and bean sprouts)
3 green onions, thinly sliced, using some of the green portion
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Sauce:

2 teaspoons yellow curry powder (I didn't have Thai curry so substituted regular curry powder)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes)
1 teaspoons paprika
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup bottled Thai Fish Sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon (or to taste) bottled Thai Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce
1 tablespoon bottled Sesame Oil

Place rice noodles in a large bowl with enough cool water to cover and soak for one hour, or until the noodles are white and no longer transparent but remain al dente. Drain and wrap in a damp towel until ready to use. Meanwhile, slice vegetables and chicken and place into individual bowls. Place eggs into a small bowl and beat lightly with a fork.

Place all sauce ingredients into a medium bowl and stir to blend.

Have a platter or bowl ready beside the frying pan.

When you have everything prepared for the stir fry, heat a very large skillet or wok over medium-high heat with 1-2 tablespoons of oil. You may also add a splash of sesame oil to the pan which I did. When the pan is ready, first add the harder vegetables, such as the carrot, and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the pea pods, mushrooms and cabbage and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, then add the bean sprouts and green onion and stir fry for 1 minute. Remove the vegetables from the frying pan and place them on the platter.

Add another 1-2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and another splash of sesame oil, if desired, and heat. Add the sliced chicken pieces and stir fry until fully cooked and no longer pink - about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and stir fry for 1 minute. Return the vegetables to the pan and add the sauce. When the sauce starts to bubble, add the beaten eggs. Stir and toss quickly until the eggs are fully cooked, about 1 more minute.  Add the rice noodles and toss with the chicken/vegetable mixture.  Adjust seasonings, if necessary and serve immediately.

This is the brand of noodles that I found at my local store:


50 comments:

  1. First things first...dang cold here, too. Brrr...the furnace is running to beat the band, the rain is pouring down, it's as dark as evening and that's all I'll say about that.

    It's definitely a day for soup and yours looks delicious. How fun that you combined bits of this recipe and that, addded your own ideas and came up with something that your husband declares he'd eat any day. Then you share...good going!

    Beautiful mosaic...we'll have to remember the warmer days of last week in the coming colder one.

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  2. I love thai noodles! And I agree with you, restaurants never give their full recipe out, but you were so smart to know that before you made it! Your version sounds delicious! (btw, it is NOT cold here in NC....but I sure wish it was!)

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  3. Not so great weather here either! We have rain!
    The noodle dish looks outstanding, Susan. I have the rice noodles, was going to make Pad Thai, but this looks good, I'd like to try it!

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  4. Susan,
    The dish looks terrific! It also looks like a fun dish to prepare and I appreciate the versatility. I'm sure my Mister would enjoy!

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  5. Your noodles looks really good. You are right, why would a restaurant give out their own recipes? Sounds really silly, actually!
    Your version looks delicious!
    Our weather here is extremely hot! The air-conditioner is on throughout the afternoon right to late evening! I am "cringing" just thinking about the electric bill when it comes! LOL!

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  6. I haven't had rice noodles for ages!! This looks so delightful and delicious! I would love more green beans.

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  7. Susan these nodddles look absolutely nice, gloria

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  8. Looks good! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers also. Temps dropped here also. :(

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  9. Your personal version looks delicious Susan! Hugs & kisses...

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  10. Susan...my favorite ingredients!!! I will definitely be trying this.

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  11. I think this is a great recipe, ..... I'm going to spend few (really few) days in LA this Summer and I think I'm going to buy a lot of ingredients that I can?t find here in Italy!!!
    HAve a great Sunday, hugs, Flavia

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  12. All of the flavour is there. I suspect you're right about the restaurant recipe, I don't think they would give up there secrets:D

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  13. I love Thai noodles with chicken! It's one of my food obsessions :)

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  14. Susan, this is a great recipe. Looks delicious. I adore Thai food, but unfortunately there aren't many good local ones around here. Smart move also, checking out other recipes, I am sure they would leave something out! :-) xo,

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  15. We enjoy dishes like that..and we like those noodles.. it looks wonderful..and tulips and you are one of my fave combos..I have proof..in real life~:)

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  16. The sauce sounds pretty delicious, it will make even plain noodles taste delicious!

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  17. This looks so delicious. I am always looking for a new noodle dish.

    It's cold here, too! I am hoping we will finally see Spring sometime soon!

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  18. Umm! I love Thai stir-fry and this recipe isn't too complicated - must try it!
    It is Autumn her in Australia, and today I am heading into the hills to view the lovely Autumn leaves - it is 8am and the sun is shining ever so lightly -should be a lovely day and perfect for photography!

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  19. Yum, the perfect stir fry!!! It's still quite chilly (and super rainy!) here in Boston, so I'm very excited to head to warm sunny Atlanta for a few days later this week :)

    Sues

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  21. I'm always a fan of Thai cuisine! I am not a food blogger, but, I always search for it! I'm now craving for a Thai stir fry noodles! Tnx for sharing! God bless! =)

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  22. Beautiful mosaic and that looks like such a yummy dish!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

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  23. Mmm, it looks delicious! And your flowers are beautiful!

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  24. Cold and damp here too.
    I like this recipe but cannot get my hubby to eat curry. It would be nice to make for a pot luck lunch.

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  25. It's cold here too - in fact we lit a fire this afternoon to take away the damp.
    This looks good. I made chicken satay this evening. It wasn't what I'd planned, but it was so darn cold we needed something with a little kick to it.

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  26. Yum! I can't wait to try this recipe!

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  27. This household adores Thai dishes and when I make some it is gone in seconds! Love this one dish you made it is right up our alley!

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  28. Yes, we're having a cold period here again. Around +10C just now and very windy. Lovely mosaic and delicious dish as usual.

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  29. That's what I always feel too, there must be a "secret" ingredient missing in restaurant recipes! Glad it turned out great!

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  30. Cool mornings here and I'm not complaining. I will have to start hibernating soon with the heat and humidity! Lovely blooms. I love Thai food and this sounds wonderful. My mouth is watering! Have a great week!

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  31. The perfect oriental soup; thank you for sharing this recipe; I know we will be making this one a few times.
    Rita

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  32. Thai food is always a favortie to me. My hubby who is very picky eater doesn't care much for it. I would love to have this dish soon, looks really good Susan.

    Have a great week ahead.

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  33. Lucky you, Susan. I love it when I see a recipe published that I've always wanted. Think that's one of the things I liked most about Gourmet mag.
    This looks marvelous and so doable!

    It's really hot here...the start of a long hot and humid summer for us.

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  34. Oooh, I love a good stir fry and this looks scrumptious, Susan! Wonderful, light flavors and beautiful photos to compliment what I'm sure was a very tasty dish! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me with every recipe. :)

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  35. Oh goodness, I love rice noodles! And the ingredients in this stir fry sound fantastic, curry powder and fish sauce on the noodles must taste like heaven :)

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  36. This looks better then anything you could get in a restaurant

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  37. Oh, yum! I would like to try this although there are a couple of ingredients that I do not have on hand. Rice noodles ~ that is a new ingredient to me. I like that you pictured the product. Fish sauce scares me since my taste shy's away from it. But I imagine it is important to the dish.

    Love the choice of vegetables!

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  38. I'm always a bit suspect as well, although it could be good advertising for restaurants to share their recipes as if you make it at home and love it, you might go eat there because you think you'll like other dishes. But if you make it and hate it...well then you might never go back!

    I love thai dishes and this sounds like one I absolutely need to try!

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  39. Yum, I love this kind of dish - so many wonderful flavors and texture on one plate. I agree with you Susan, I often think that something or another is left out of a published restaurant or bakery recipe so the homemade version doesn't quite measure up. Your version of this dish looks delicious.

    It's unusually cool here too. Heaven only know when our strawberry crop will be ready. It could be August.

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  40. The weather here is crazy too! We are expecting a lot of rain tomorrow! I can't believe that we are almost towards the end of May and the weather looks more like Autumn. Anyway, this stir fry looks absolutely mouthwatering and I am always skeptical about restaurant recipes too!

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  41. Even though I write a food column for our newspaper, I'm skeptical of restaurant recipes too. Glad it turned out great.

    It's been crazy here in the mountains. Last week it was 90 during the day and this morning it was in the low 40's. Mother Nature sure has a strange sense of humor this year.
    Sam

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  42. I am glad someone else is suffering in the cold. I did get a great deal on my potted petunias though since no one is buying any yet. Hope they don't get snowed on! So so tired of this cold - I am calling it global cooling!

    This noodle dish looks fabulous. I am usually disappointed in oriental noodle dishes in general, although I love them in the restaurants. We will have to try this one.

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  43. Susan, I love MI weather! Mostly because of its typical mood changes. It may be gray and rainy one moment, but wait a few minutes, it will change.

    In any event, I love Thai food, and this dish looks wonderful! Just enough for me.

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  44. Oh! I love Thai food and a couple of days ago we had dinner at the local Thai restaurant...but never made Thai noddles at home...cannot explain why... Yours look delicious...now I should really try it. Hope you are having a great week Susan :-)

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  45. I love Thai food..it is so fragrant and flavorful! I doubted I could reproduce it at home but this recipe sounds very doable, Susan! I'll have to try it soon!

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  46. It looks delicious, Susan. I have never used the rice noodles.

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  47. Sorry I'm so late in thanking you all for your comments! I made this dish for a friend who suffered a broken knee and wrist last month. She and her husband loved it! It has just the right amount of 'zip'.

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  48. Your garden looks lush and just plain gorgeous!
    The recipe looks good, too, but I'm (literally) into gardens!
    Barb

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