March is National Noodle Month! To celebrate, we’ve lined up four of Nona's personal favorite noodles here with some historical and geographical background about each of them. Unleash the Master Chef in you this month by cooking these asian noodles yourself!
1. Pad See Ew Noodles
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Background: A noodle from Thailand, Pad See Ew means “stir fried soy sauce noodles”. It is a little salty and with a hint of sourness to balance the overall taste. Pad See Ew is also known as "phat si-io" in Thailand. Though this rice noodle dish is heavily Chinese influenced, the flavors of Thailand has transformed this dish to be a classic among Thai cuisine. These broad rice noodles make for a delicious and hearty meal.
Best way to cook: Stir fry with your favorite ingredients and seasoning of choice. We love using vegetables and some slices of chicken, tossed with soy sauce, oyster sauce, and a dash of chili sauce for that extra oomph! A an extra nutty flavor, top the dish off with some toasted sesame seeds.
2. Pad Thai
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Background: Pad Thai means “stir fried” and is one of Thailand’s national dish, made popular during World War 2. Like Pad See Ew, the noodles and the method of stir frying Pad Thai originated with the Chinese immigrants who entered Thailand. It is sweeter and nuttier than Pad See Ew and is usually cooked using a traditional Thai recipe.
Best way to cook: The original Pad Thai dish stir fries the noodles with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, fish sauce, shrimp or meat. It is flavored with tamarind pulp and red chili flakes, chopped roasted peanuts and a wedge of lime are served on the side. Just try stir frying these noodles with your favorite ingredients and you are guaranteed to have a healthy, delicious dish!
3. Laksa Noodles
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Background: A noodle of Peranakan origin (Chinese and Malay combined), Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup dish in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Southern Thailand. These rice noodles are extremely versatile, and great for a stir fry, in a broth or even under a pasta sauce for a creative asian-inspired fusion mix.
Best way to cook: That’s totally up to you! We love pairing it with our Thai Curry & Lime Broth for that wonderful Asian taste right at home then top the bowl off with fresh sliced veggies and shredded chicken. YUM.
4. Ramen Noodles
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Background: As one of the most famous Japanese noodles, ramen itself is considered much of an art. The noodles can range anywhere between springy and firm to soft and chewy, with the distinguishing ingredient being “kansui”, a type of alkaline mineral water. Originating from Inner Mongolia, each region of Japan cooks its ramen differently, with the broth as an important variation.
Best way to cook: While predominantly cooked in a rich broth (we are huge fans of the Miso Ramen Broth), ramen noodles are highly versatile as well and can be used in a variety of stir fried dishes. Alternatively, simply boil the noodles and serve it dry with the toppings and seasoning of your choice for a fail-proof bowl of healthy deliciousness.