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Thai Stir Fried Noodles with Basil Recipe

Updated on April 9, 2010

Here’s another quick and easy Thai stir fried noodle dish that makes a perfect fast Thai meal for 2.

This uses the same noodles as the more famous pad Thai, but unlike pad Thai, this one has a little heat from the chilies and a little bite from the peppercorns. It’s also a whole lot easier to make and requires nothing too fancy or unusual from your cupboards to get things going.

Thai Stir Fried Noodles with Basil (Serves 2)

  • 150 gram package of thin white rice noodles (linguine sized)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 5 to 10 Thai bird chilies, depending on your tolerance for heat
  • ½ cup of chopped holy basil (krapow) (you can also use sweet basil (horapa) for this, if that’s what you can get!)
  • 1/3 cup of baby corn, cut into julienned strips (You can substitute carrots here, if you don’t have baby corn)
  • 1/3 cup of green beans, cut into about 1 inch segments
  • 2 stalks of green peppercorns (about 2 Tbls of peppercorns, roughly)
  • ½ cup of sliced pork or chicken (you can use pretty much any cut of pork – for chicken, breast is best)
  • 2 tsps of fish sauce
  • 2 tsps of soy sauce
  • 2 tsps of sugar
  • A little vegetable oil for stir frying

Noodle Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak the noodles in a pot of cold water for about 15 minutes, or until they have softened. Cut the noodles into 4-6 inch segments.
  2. Heat about 3 Tbls of vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over medium high and then toss in the garlic. Stir fry the garlic for about 20 seconds, or until it is fragrant, and then add in the pork or chicken and the corn, peppercorns and the chili and continue stir frying for a minute or so, or until the meat is about halfway cooked through.
  3. Add in the soaked noodles and stir to coat them all in the oil and then turn the heat down to medium-low. Add in the fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and green beans and continue to cook the noodles, stirring, until they are cooked to your liking. You can add a little water to the pan as necessary if things are getting too dry. The noodles should cook through in 4 or 5 minutes.
  4. Once the noodles are cooked through, toss in the basil, stir and serve at once!
  5. Serve garnished with cucumber slices

A quick and easy Thai meal!

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      I grow Thai Basil, and purple basil and like to use them in noodle dishes, this looks good and I will have to try it out as soon as my basil is big enough to harvest. Thanks for the recipie!!