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You can prepare this with a variety of different meats, so you have a bit of a choice. This recipe looks hard, but it has a system of preparation that makes things easy to do, and once you are started, things will fly and be so simple. Recipe by Nancie McDermott. Posted by Request.
- 2 tablespoons fresh serrano peppers or 2 tablespoons jalapeno chiles, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- black pepper (to taste)
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 -4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 lb ground pork (may also use ground beef, turkey or chicken)
- 3 cups dried wide rice noodles
- 3⁄4 cup fresh basil leaf (may also use or mix with mint)
- 5 cherry tomatoes, quartered (may use more)
- Boil the noodles until tender to your liking, then drain and set aside till needed.
- Set up a little system of bowls to help you when you cook.
- Place the garlic in one and the chiles in another.
- Mix the sugar, salt and pepper in a third bowl.
- Mix the fish sauce and the soy sauce in a fourth bowl and keep them all near your wok or frying pan.
- Heat the oil in your pan until nice and hot then add the garlic.
- In about 30 seconds, when it sizzles nicely and starts to turn golden (but before it burns), add the peppers and stand back a little.
- Stir them for 30 seconds or so more until they get really fragrant (you'll know when).
- Add the pork and cook until it browns, breaking up the meat as it lumps.
- Sprinkle in the sugar from the bowl to season the meat, and toss until it is mixed.
- Pour in the fish/soy from its bowl and stir quickly while it thickens just a bit, usually about 1 minute or so.
- Add the rice noodles to the pan and toss and turn them to mix the meat into them, using your tools to break up any spots that may try to clump (add a little oil if they clump badly).
- Stir in about 3/4 of the basil and cook just till it begins to wilt, then add the tomatoes and remove the pan from the heat.
- Mix once, and pour on a serving platter.
- Garnish with the rest of the basil and serve hot, with sambal oelek, or sriracha sauce, if desired.