This is a simple rice/noodle dish, but very tasty and easy. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter, but I usually use half of that. I have made this so often that I just eyeball the amount of butter and noodles used. Noodles will soften up better if they are added to the rice mixture while there is still some liquid there. I usually start browning the noodles about 5-10 minutes after starting the rice to boil. The noodles will absorb what liquid remains, especially after sitting ten minutes or so.