Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls
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I am eating this Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl for L & D every day right now and I guess you could say it’s going alright. Alright as in –> creamy coconut curry sauce clinging to brown rice noodles with bright green asparagus and crunchy broccoli and carrots and basil and purple cabbage, because we’re all about eating the rainbow around here. That is SO MUCH MORE than alright in my spicy noodle loving book.
Does it win your heart over even more if I tell you it takes less than 30 minutes to make?
It’s the truth. Last night I made this for dinner (again) at about 8:30pm, and we had our steaming rainbow bowls of it on the table before 9pm. So just take one of two things from that: a) I’m not lying when I say this is a 30 minute super-quickie little coconut curry noodle bowl meal, and/or b) we eat dinner at 9pm.
Just, here, take some chopsticks.
Probably a good question to ask about many-most-maybe-all of my recipes.
This is a spin off of the Bangkok Noodle Bowls from Noodles & Co. because truth: I eat at Noodles & Co and I like it.
It’s also kind of Pad Thai inspired (think this vegetarian Pad Thai wonder) because I’m using those same brown rice Pad Thai type noodles, and apparently it got a jolt of some other Asian influences as well since we’re sprinkling sesame seeds on top and they’re looking like they fit right in.
As with most of my recipes on this blog, this is less of an authentic anything and more of a what-do-I-have-in-the-fridge kind of recipe that turned out to be really delicious to me.
As long as there’s five hundred potential ways you could judge me for this post, let’s keep ’em coming. –> I used pre-chopped broccoli, onions, and shredded carrots that I bought in the lazy person section of the produce area in the grocery store. SO SUE ME. It was so slick and easy and wonderful. I got a big ol pile of veggie awesomeness within the constraints of what I felt like I could handle in the five minutes before the hangry-ness reached dangerous levels.
I mean, did you forget that it’s Monday or something?
If you’re a Noodle Friend, aka a Kindred Spirit, aka the Best Kind of Person, you and these Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls have a weeknight date.
Starting, like, right now.
Jellies! Have fun!
Author: Pinch of Yum Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients For the Coconut Curry Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 shallots
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 14-ounce can regular coconut milk
- ½ cup reduced sodium chicken or veggie broth (optional - see notes)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon hot chili paste (sambal oelek)
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 ounces rice noodles
- 1 tablespoon oil
- half an onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped asparagus
- 1 cup chopped purple cabbage
- sesame seeds for topping
- limes for serving
- a handful of fresh basil for serving
- Soak the noodles in a bowl of cold water. Start this right away - they need at least 20 minutes or so of soaking. When they're soft, drain and rinse.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the shallots and ginger; stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste; stir fry for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, sugar, chili paste, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes or so, while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and broccoli. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until the broccoli is bright green. Add the noodles and toss around in the pan with the vegetables. Add the sauce and toss together until just combined (if you cook it too long at this point, the noodles might get too sticky). Serve topped with the purple cabbage and sesame seeds and a squeeze of lime or basil leaves if you want.
Notes If you want more of a saucy, soupy consistency to the curry, add the broth with the coconut milk. Otherwise leave it out - you won't have as much sauce and it will be more like a velvety, sticky sauce on the noodles. The pictures here show the version WITH the broth.
For a vegetarian or vegan version, make sure your curry paste is vegetarian, and omit the fish sauce (but make up for the missing saltiness with more soy sauce).