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My Favorite Rice Noodle Brands for PAD THAI and other noodle dishes

Our favorite place to eat was Thai Orchid for thier Pad Thai

Pad Thai

 The noodles you use when making Pad Thai (or Pho, or any other Asian dish) is a very important recipe ingredient, just as pasta is when making some glorious Italian dish. Here are some of my favorites and between them, you should be able to find one in your region. You can also order online (but unless you buy in bulk it is a more expensive route). These rice noodles are no more expensive (and in lots of cases cheaper) than domestic brands so you will not have to feel guilty about buying them!

Roland Pad Thai Noodle Brand

Roland Pad Thai Noodle Brand – These noodles cost anywhere from $2.49 to $3.49

 This brand imported by the Roland Company is a product of Thailand. This company is a great place to find lots of really wonderful food products from around the world.

Rice Noodles

Rice Noodles  – These noodles are Erawan Brand and this company has a huge variety of noodles that are fun to experiment with. They are great value at $2.49

I can get these noodles from a supermarket that is pretty close to me. They come in S,M or L and this refers to the width. Sometimes I like the thin variety in soups and the widest (L) works great for Pad Thai, but it really is a matter of taste and your mood.

The large style from the Erawan Brand Noodle

The large style from the Erawan Brand Noodle

The packaging is exactly the same when it comes to all of these noodle brands but each width is a different color. So, if you put this item on your shopping list and like me, send your man out to the store (no real attention span when it comes to grocery shopping), make sure to note the color of the package or this simple task will become a nightmare.

Pork Pad Thai

Pork Pad Thai

Most of the packages say to prep the noodles by soaking in warm water but I find that this isn’t enough to get the texture I’m looking for. I don’t like soggy noodles by any means but the soaking method can leave the noodles hard on the inside and sort of gummy on the outside. My method is to plunge them into boiling water and let them cook until just al dente (have a toothsome bite) and then rinse in colander with lots of cold water. I can then toss them into my pan for Pad Thai or into a cooked soup. They warm up very quickly. You will have to experiment a little, depending on the brand (then it’s a good idea to write  what worked for you).

Main ingredients for Pad thai

Some of the key ingredients for Pad Thai (scallions, beansprouts, carrots, limes and of course, rice noodles

 Also, don’t limit yourself to Pad Thai and Pho. I use rice noodles for lots of other dishes that have a tenuous at best, Asian twist (which might only be soy sauce or sriracha sauce). It is lighter than pasta and for those Gluten Free people out there it is just the ticket.

This is the medium width from the brand Asian Best distributed by EastLand Corp

This is the medium width from the brand Asian Best distributed by EastLand Corp

I hope this has taken a little of the mystery out of buying rice noodles, but if in doubt, buy a brand with Thailand’s most revered animal on the package: the elephant.

Stir-fried beef with rice noodles

Stir-fried beef with rice noodles

  Once you try noodles from a country where it is a diet stable, you will never buy domestic noodles again!

Rice Noodles

Three Elephants Brand Rice Noodles

The BEST ASIAN TURKEY MEATBALL SOUP & FUN IN THE SNOW! (SERVES 4)

This made a fantastic Sunday Lunch but would make an equally fantastic Sunday Dinner. Fast, tummy-warming and oh so delicious!

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Asian Turkey Meatball soup with yummy Rice Noodles

I have been getting a little sick of snow lately, but after watching my kids and their friend whooping it up on the giant sledding hill in the park yesterday, I decided there could be worst things to deal with (like later in the summer when I am complaining about the sweltering heat!).

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 Ide & Marie-Lyse (Oh Joy!)

Before going out in the snow however, I had to make lunch. This is the one meal on the weekend that I would forgo if I didn’t have kids to feed. I am content with a crust of bread with a slice of cheese or even a piece of cake and a cup of coffee, but when the kids ask me “what’s for lunch?” I am compelled to fulfill my motherly duty and feed them! I was so lucky yesterday because I has some ground meat leftover after making a big batch of wontons the night before. I didn’t have much else, so I made a very light soup but added the ground Asian-spiked meat in the form of meatballs and bulked it all up with some rice noodles. I find I can be pretty ingenious when I’m desperate!

Ide

Ide (oh rapture!)

It was so good, satisfying my soup-loving daughter and my rice noodle-loving son in one big bowlful! My friend picked us all up afterwards, and our kids played in the snow until their faces were numb and the sun started to disappear for the evening. I was happy to see that our teenage children had not outgrown the pleasures of rolling around in the snow.

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*This is also a great Blood Type A diet recipe (omit the pepper flakes and black pepper if you are very strict, and stick to olive oil)*

You will need:

3/4 lb ground turkey

3 scallions – finely chopped

1 clove garlic – finely chopped

2 tbs mirin (sweetened rice wine – found in the Asian section of your supermarket or specialty shop)

2 tbs soy sauce

2 tsp freshly grated ginger root (I use my zester for this job or the finest side of your grater)

1 tsp sesame oil

1 medium sweet onion – finely diced

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper flakes (optional)

1 med/large carrot – thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic – finely chopped

3/4 cup freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

6 cups chicken or veggie broth (or water and good quality bouillon cube)

sea salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbls oil (olive, canola, veggie or safflower oil)

1/2 lb rice noodles (I use Roland Pad Thai Rice Stick Noodles)

Method:

Preheat oven 400*

1 – Put the ground turkey in a medium bowl and add the next 6 ingredients on the ingredient list. Mix together well (use your hands!). (you can do this earlier and leave in the fridge covered to save time later).

mix seasonings with ground turkey

mix seasonings with ground turkey

2 – Make and cook the meatballs: Put the flour on a plate or a shallow bowl and coat the palms of your hands with some oil. Make meatballs be rolling in your palm into a ball and then roll lightly in flour. Place on plate as you go. Make the meat balls on the small side – small enough to be able to pop one in your mouth

Deliciously flavored meatballs

Little meatballs

3 – Add 2 tbs oil to a baking sheet and place in hot oven for about 2 or 3 minutes. Remove and add the meatballs in a single layer. place back into the oven and cook for 10 minutes. remove and turn each meatball and cook for a further 5 minutes. Take out of oven and set aside.

4 – Put saucepan or medium soup pot on medium heat and add about 2 tbs olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the parsley, carrot and about 1/2 tsp salt to the pot and cook for another 3 minutes or so.

5 – Add the broth (or water and bouillon cube) and bring to a boil. When boiling, turn down heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the meat balls and continue to simmer for another 5 minute. Turn off heat.

Roland Pad Thai Noodle Brand

Roland Pad Thai Noodle Brand (In my opinion these are the best brand of rice noodles commonly available. They hold up and don’t get gluey and sticky like other brands (Thai Kitchen and A Taste of Thai to name but a couple). If in doubt – go for the plainer and imported variety.

6 – While soup is simmering, put water on for the rice noodles and cook according to package instructions. When you drain, rinse with cold water and leave in colander until ready to add to soup, (if the noodles start to stick together, just re-rinse under cold water).

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Brothy cockle-warming soup!

To serve: Divide rice noodles between four bowls and ladle soup with meatballs on top. The hot soup will warm up the noodles instantly. Sprinkle with a little cayenne pepper flakes and more salt and pepper to your taste.

Whoa!

Whoa!

Happy Birthday Dante!

Dante Alighieri by Luca Signorelli

Dante Alighieri by Luca Signorelli