Friday, September 14, 2012

Recipe: Dragon Noodles

My second favorite food in the world happens to be Thai food. Specifically, anything made with rice noodles. So when I found a recipe for spicy noodles made with the oh-so-delicious sriracha sauce, well, I knew I'd found a great Thai potential!
I found this recipe on Beth M's amazing site called Budget Bytes. She makes some great food, and she also breaks down how much each recipe costs. Her ingredients are all simple and cost-effective, making her recipes things I really like.

Her recipe for Dragon Noodles, as she calls them, caught my eye, what with the noodles and the reddish sauce and all. YUM. I decided to make my own!

What follows is my take on the recipe with a few notes and "oops" moments as well. If you want to see her original recipe, check it out right here. Or, just check out her entire site!

Dragons Noodles

8 oz. rice noodles
2 tbs. oil
1/2 tbs. red pepper flakes
1/4 c. diced onion
2 eggs
1/3 c. bean sprouts
2 green onions, sliced
2 tbs. brown sugar
2 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbs. sriracha


1. Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Set aside for later. As the noodles are cooking, mix up your sauce. Beat the eggs in a bowl and have them ready to cook.

2. Heat up the oil in large saute pan. Add the red pepper flakes as the oil heats up.

3. Once the oil is hot, add the onion. After the onion has sauteed for about 2 minutes, add in the beaten eggs. Gently stir the eggs. When the eggs are halfway done, add in the bean sprouts. Cook until the eggs are done, continuing to stir gently.

4. Add the noodles and green onions, and then add the sauce. Mix the sauce and the noodles into the eggs gently. Press the noodles down into the pan for 1 minute, allowing a gentle brown to collect on the underside. Flip the noodles and press again. Remove from heat. Garnish with sprouts and crushed peanuts if you choose.


Now for some pictures and thoughts from my process!

Boil the water.
Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package. Set aside once cooked.

Put the sauce together while the noodles are cooking. The sriracha sauce is super hot, so add a little less if you don't want it to burn your mouth off! We found the hotness to be pleasant, however.
Heat up the oil with the red pepper flakes. Use some peanut oil for some great Thai flavor if you want!
Add the onions to the hot oil and saute for about 2 minutes.

Add the beaten eggs to the onion and stir gently.
Add the sprouts to the half-cooked eggs. We used lentil sprout, which we made ourselves. Super easy, super nutritious, and great as an addition to foods that you want to have a "green" flavor.
Add the noodles to the cooked eggs. This is the point where you would also add the green onion, but unfortunately I began making this before I realized we were out! Don't forget yours because green onions? Yum.
Add the sauce to the noodles and stir it in thoroughly.
Press the noodles into the pan to allow a light brown to collect on the underside. This is my favorite part of most dishes. Remember, it's hard to leave it alone while you hear that sizzling sound. Don't touch them!
Plate up your dish! I added some more lentil sprouts to the top. Next time, I'll add some crushed peanutes for an extra Thai feel.
How pretty does that look?! It was also pretty delicious in our mouths. Yum. Definitely making this again.

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