Rice Noodles: A delicious staple in Taiwan
Rice noodles are freshly made in every Taiwanese home and the difference is amazing. Even if you decide to eat at the morning market or a small cafe, the noodles are freshly made and have a distinctive taste. They are nothing like what I call Rice Noodles that come in a package. If you have an Asian Store, you can get the real rice noodles. They do not break apart easily, in fact, you must cut them apart. Much better than what you find in a regular U S supermarket. Rice noodles, just like its name, are noodles that are made of rice flour and water.
I am really fond of several of the different types of fried Rice Noodles and also several soups that are made with rice noodles. Chicken, Beef, and Vegan are my favorites. Judging from the reactions of those I have served, I think the Beef Noodle soup is an all time favorite and the fried noodle recipe.
There are several staple recipes in Taiwan, but my favorite is a vegan fried noodle recipe. Following is my version that I have changed and found ingredients that I could find here. We do not even have an Asian Market.
Taiwanese Stir Fried Rice Noodles
1/4 cup fresh shitake mushrooms
1/2 cup dried black ear mushroom(I have to order these)
Hot water to soak mushrooms and to cook noodles
8 oz rice noodles
1 tablespoon grape-seed oil
1/4 cup fried shallots
1/4 cup garlic
1 small carrot, julienned
1/2 head cabbage, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon white pepper
Soak dried black ear mushrooms for 10 minutes and prepare noodles per package. Heat wok to medium and add oil and shallots. Cook about 1 minute. Add veggies and cook about 5 minutes or till done. Add soy sauce, rice wine, water and white pepper. Stir well and heat. Add rice noodles and cook till heated. Serve and top with cilantro and sliced hot peppers. I like to serve with chili-garlic sauce and black vinegar.
On your next trip to Taiwan, check out all the different Noodle dishes. They have a distinctive flavor that is hard to copy. See you in Taiwan at the morning market. The beef noodle soup is the best!