One of my favorite dishes to order at Thai restaurants is their spicy rice noodle dish! And for some reason, I love eating the shape of flat rice noodles, so this is my version of the recipe.
The sauce for this recipe is comprised of the same sauce ingredients I use to make Thai Basil Eggplant – Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, and cornstarch! I typically love adding broccoli to this dish because of how well the florets absorb the flavor of the sauce. In the past, I’ve found that broccoli, along with asparagus and mushrooms, makes for a perfect medley of vegetables to add to most saucy Thai dish. This trio of vegetables work well together, especially in this noodle dish! I usually make these flat noodles along-side some Garlic Pepper Tofu or Sweet Chili Lime Tofu, and quinoa or brown rice.
If you’re looking for an awesome Hoisin Sauce, I highly recommend the one by Koon Chun. For a gluten-free Hoisin Sauce, I recommend the one by Sun-Luck (I found this brand at my local Ralphs). Both of these Sauces are on the sweeter side, so if you’re using another brand, make sure that it is also on the sweet side otherwise the flavor of the sauce combination below may not work well.
This is yet another simple, tasty, quick, and delicious Thai dish to add to your selection!
Thai-Inspired Flat Rice Noodles with Broccoli & Asparagus
- 10 oz. flat rice noodles , such as Banh Cuon, or any other shaped rice noodles
- 8 oz. mushrooms , washed and de-stemmed
- 10 asparagus spheres , washed and ends discarded
- 1 medium broccoli head , washed
- 1/2 onion , diced in large pieces
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 1/4 cup fresh basil , chopped
- Bing a large pot of water to boil. Add some cooking oil and salt. Add the rice noodles and cook according to package, stirring frequently (note: rice noodles cook pretty quickly so be sure not to over cook them otherwise they will become mushy). Once the noodles are cooked, drain, wash with cold water, and toss with some cooking oil to keep them from sticking together. Set aside.
- Trim the bottom ~1-inch of the asparagus spheres and discard. Chop the remainder of the asparagus spheres into 2-inch pieces. Dice the mushrooms into 4 sections. Cut and trim the broccoli into medium sized florets.
- In a large non-stick skillet or wok, heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and fry for about 10-15 seconds. Add the onions, mushrooms, asparagus, and broccoli and toss to combine. Saute on medium heat until all the vegetables are cooked and tender, yet still remain crispy. Note that all the water released from cooking the mushrooms should burn off while sautéing the vegetables.
- Continue on to preparing the sauce. Once the vegetables are tender and crispy, turn the heat down to medium-low.
To Prepare the Sauce:
- Whisk all ingredients listed under sauce above. Mix until all the cornstarch has dissolved.
- Add more chili sauce if you prefer more spice. As always, I recommend tasting the sauce prior to adding it to the dish to make sure you have the right amount of sweetness and saltiness (especially if you have a Hoisin Sauce that is different than one of the ones I recommend above).
To Prepare Dish:
- Add the rice noodles to the sauteed veggies and combine (if you find that some of the rice noodles are stuck together, try to separate them using your fingers when adding them to the vegetables).
- Slowly add the sauce and toss with the vegetables and noodles. Mix frequently until the sauce starts to thicken and coat the vegetables and noodles. Be sure not to burn off all the sauce (this should only take a few minutes).
- Turn off the heat and add some freshly chopped basil. Mix once more and serve hot!