Dark soy sauce
Limes, juice only
Brown sugar or half brown
-and half palm sugar
Oil, for deep-frying
Eggs, lightly beaten
Onion, finely diced
Cloves garlic, minced
Red or green chile, seeds
-removed, finely minced
Minced pork, diced chicken,
-or peeled shrimp, or a
Green onions, sliced, for
This special occasion noodle dish is a favorite in many Thai restaurants.
Some versions are extremely sweet and sticky; this version is less so, but
the important flavors are still sweet, sour, and salty in that order. Be
sure to use a large enough pan for saucing the noodles (step 5); a 14-inch
wok is ideal.
1. In a small bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, and
sugar and set aside.
2. In a wok or deep skillet, heat oil to 350 degrees F. Drop approximately
an ounce of rice sticks into the oil; they will puff up and rise to the top
of the oil in only a few seconds. Turn them over once and fry until crisp,
about 15 seconds in all. Transfer finished noodles to a pan lined with
paper towels and continü frying the batter in small batches. Keep noodles
warm in a low oven.
3. Dip a hand in the beaten egg and, holding your hand approximately 8
inches above the hot oil, drizzle egg over the surface in a random pattern.
Continü with about half the egg mixture, forming a lacy network of egg.
Fry until golden brown on underside, turn over once, and brown other side.
Transfer to a plate and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining egg.
4. Heat a second wok over medium high heat and add approximately 2
tablespoons oil from the first wok. Add onion, garlic, and chile and cook
until they are fragrant. Add meats or shrimp and stir-fry just until done.
5. Stir sugar mixture and add to wok. Bring to a boil and cook until
slightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and add about a quarter of the fried
noodles and eggs. Stir together and toss to break up noodle clumps and coat
with sauce. Continü adding noodles and eggs in batches until all are
coated with sauce. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with sliced
Serves 4 with other dishes.
From the California Culinary Academy's "Southeast Asian Cooking", Jay
Harlow, published by the Chevron Chemical Company, 1987. ISBN
Stichworte: Thai, Chicken, Shellfish, Pork, Pasta