6 ounces dried rice stick noodles
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
8 ounces large shrimp
3 large eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup 1-1/2 inch pieces scallion (white part
2-3 fresh red chili peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
4 ounces tofu, cubed (optional)
1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, leaves, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2/3 cup peanut oil, divided
This dish takes a lot of preparation, but once
everthing is prepped it comes together very
rice noodles in hot water to cover until softened,
about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and cover.
together cornstarch and sesame oil in a medium
bowl. Peel, devein and halve the shrimp lengthwise.
Toss the shrimp in the cornstarch mixture and
let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
well beaten eggs in a small bowl.
scallions, chili peppers and garlic on a small
tofu (if using) on another small plate.
a small bowl, stir together fish sauce, lemon
juice, and sugar.
a plate, place clockwise from the "top" in the
following order: Bean sprouts, peanuts, basil,
cilantro, red pepper flakes, and black pepper
a wok or skillet over high heat. When hot, pour
in 1/3 cup peanut oil. Swirl around the wok
until very hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp
and cook, stirring vigorously, until translucent,
30 to 45 seconds. Drain in a sieve or colander.
the wok over high heat. Pour in 2 tablespoons
oil. Swirl briefly. Stir in beaten eggs. Slowly
pour the eggs into the wok and cook, stirring
vigorously, until the eggs have set. Remove
to a plate. Reheat the wok over high heat. When
hot, pour in 3 tablespoons peanut oil. Swirl
until very hot but not smoking.
the scallion mixture and stir briefly until
the garlic browns very slightly.
the tofu if using. Stir gently 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the noodles. Stir until well coated. Add
the fish sauce mixture. Stir well. Add shrimp.
Add the eggs. Stir well. Add the ingredients
on the plate in clockwise in order, stirring
as you go. Pour into a serving dish.