If I had to name my favorite foods, Pad See Eiw would top the list every time. It beats out baby carrots and even jalapeño nachos, though it’s worth noting that diet pop isn’t a contender because it’s considered a necessity. Broad rice noodles have the best chew. If you get a well made dish of Pad See Eiw the noodles are almost like marshmallows, but in a delicious, savory way.
Tragically, I’ve never been able to find broad rice noodles on sale for the home cook. I’ve searched at Thai markets in Buffalo, Brooklyn, and Toronto with no luck. I haven’t given up hope but I’m not too broken up about it either. I figure that the universe is just telling me that we need to go out for Thai more often. Plus, I’ve found a white girl substitution that works in a pinch –
You simply cook the noodles according to the package directions, drain and cool, chop into large squares, and stir fry. The flavor and texture aren’t identical to broad rice noodles but they are good. It’s the closest I’ve come to approximating that great chew at home.
For tonight’s meal I made “broad rice noodles” with veggies and a spicy basil sauce. The final dish was chewy, spicy, healthy, and a little sweet and sour; we were big fans!
To make the meal, I used 1 Tbsp canola oil to stir fry 2 servings of chopped lasagna noodles, 3 small heads roasted broccoli, 2 roasted zucchini, and 2 eggs. Then I tossed everything in a spicy basil sauce and cooked it all for another 3 minutes.
spicy basil sauce
- 2 Tbsp finely chopped basil
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp tamari
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha
Dinner was great but I’ve been a hungry mungry all afternoon and my stomach is still growling! Before dinner I made myself a sliced green apple with 2 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter.
The cookie butter is tasty but it’s not exactly like Biscoff Spread. I still can’t put my finger on what the difference is.
When I was still hungry an hour after dinner I made myself a serving of Ritz crackers with 1 oz of melted Cabot 50% Reduced Sharp Cheddar.
Yummy, but not very filling. We don’t have a ton of options in the house though and I’ve definitly consumed enough calories for the day so I’ve decided to suck it up and just go hungry. Hopefully when I get back to work I’ll get distracted and my stomach will give it a rest!
Are you a broad rice noodle fan?