Mee Krob (Thai Crisp Fried Noodles)

Recipe by Daydream
READY IN: 50mins




  • Gather all ingredients together before commencing to cook.
  • Cover tamarind pulp with 2/3 cup hot water, and crush and break up pulp with a fork.
  • Let stand for 20 minutes, then pour mixture through a strainer and press to extract the liquid.
  • Reserve 4 tablespoons of tamarind liquid for the sauce.
  • Place rice vermicelli inside a large paper or plastic bag, and break into pieces.
  • Heat peanut oil until very hot (between 375 deg F and 400 deg F).
  • Fry noodles in small batches until they puff up and turn light to golden brown – each batch will only take a few seconds (allow oil to get hot again between batches).
  • Remove at once with a slotted spoon, or wire strainer, and drain immediately on paper towels.
  • Next, deep fry the diced tofu until golden brown, drain and keep warm in a low oven.
  • Lastly, drizzle the egg into the oil in a circular fashion, and cook for around 30 seconds until golden brown and crisp on both sides.
  • Remove egg from oil, break or slice into pieces, and keep warm in a low oven with the tofu.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients, including the reserved tamarind liquid, in a saucepan, and bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  • Allow to simmer a few minutes until the liquid reduces in volume by about one third and starts to turn syrupy, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Pour oil from wok, reserving one tablespoon, and stir-fry the garlic, green onion, and one of the chilies until they start to color, about one minute.
  • Add the meat and/or shrimp and stir-fry until just cooked, about one minute.
  • Add the prepared sauce to the wok and toss all ingredients together until steaming hot.
  • Mound the crisp fried noodles on a serving platter and spoon the sauce over.
  • Scatter with bean sprouts, cilantro, the remaining sliced chilli, the deep-fried tofu, and the chopped egg.
  • Serve immediately, as the noodles will soften after about 10 minutes.