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Asha Gomez's Singapore Noodles

Recipe by: Asha Gomez

Serves 6 people

Asha Gomez's Singapore Noodles
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Evan Sung

Excerpted from I COOK IN COLOR: Bright Flavors from My Kitchen and Around the World by Asha Gomez and Martha Hall Foose. Copyright © 2020. Available from Running Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

I’ve loved Singapore noodles ever since I first tried them at a take-out joint in Queens, New York, more than 25 years ago. I quickly learned how to make my own version and made it weekly during my college years. This dish continues to show up in my weeknight dinner rotation because Ethan loves it, too. And the leftovers are an excellent lunch for him to take to school. It also freezes really well, so I make extra. That way, Ethan can grab a lunch to go and zap it in the lunchroom. There’s a lot of prep for this recipe, but it’s super-simple to make.

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  • 1 (16-ounce) package rice sticks
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks Chinese celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • Sriracha hot sauce, for serving


    1. Place the rice sticks in a large bowl and pour the hot water over them, making sure the rice sticks are covered with the water. Let them soak for about 5 minutes; strain and set aside.
    2. Heat a wok on high heat, add 3 tablespoons of oil to the wok and quickly scramble the eggs. Remove the eggs and set aside.
    3. Place the remaining oil in the wok, then add the onions, garlic, and Chinese celery to the wok, and stir well until the onions are translucent about 3 minutes. Add the chicken, carrots, bell peppers, and scallions, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
    4. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, salt, and sugar with the spices. Add this mixture to the pan, and stir well. Add the noodles to the pan and stir-fry for another 3 minutes until everything is well incorporated. Add the cooked eggs and toss lightly. Remove from the heat and serve immediately with hot sauce.


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