Rice Noodles with Shallots and Garlic

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Rice Noodles with Shallots and Garlic

Rice Noodles with Shallots and Garlic

What You Need (Serves 4)

  • ½ pound dried fine rice noodles
  • 4 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

What To Do

  • Soak the noodles in cold water for 20 minutes, then transfer to a colander to drain
  • Peel and slice the shallots and the garlic
  • Mix the sugar, mirin and soy sauce together in a small bowl with a tablespoon of water
  • Warm the oil in a wok and sauté the shallots and garlic for a minutes, stirring constantly
  • Add the soy sauce mixture and the noodles, and stir-fry for about three minutes, until the dish is heated through
  • Season with freshly ground black pepper

Rice noodles are popular in the cuisine of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia and are generally only lightly cooked to retain a slightly chewy texture. Remember to check food labels if you want a vegan variety, as some noodles contain egg and thus are not suitable.

Mirin has a distinctive sweet-sour flavor and is easy to find in supermarkets and speciality food stores. If you cannot find Mirin, you can achieve good results with a splash of sweet sherry, or apple cider vinegar that has been sweetened with a little sugar.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum, we hope you enjoy this recipe.

Everyday VegetarianExcerpted from Jane Hughes book – Everyday Vegetarian; 365 Days of Healthy Recipes, by St. Martin’s Griffin. Jane has been a vegetarian for 25 years. She is the editor of Vegan Life magazine and author of The Vegetarian Travel Guide.  She has been a member of the Vegetarian Society since the 1980s and is currently Secretary of The Guild of Food Writers


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