I get so excited when I am cooking with flavors from the Pok Pok cookbook. These are some of my favorite flavors ever and everything tastes super fresh and unique. I set out to make a noodle salad from the book but this time I actually changed it a lot to my own tastes. It was such a great lunch and was perfect for leftovers during the week!
Thai Starch Noodle Salad
- 3/4 pound sweet potato starch noodles i used really thick ones
- 2 shallots thin sliced into rings
- 2 cloves garlic thin sliced into rounds
- 16 ounces firm tofu cubed
- 4 ounces ground beef
- 5 thai chiles sliced
- 2 shallots sliced along the grain
- 3 carrots julieneed
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 thumb sized piece ginger minced
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons lime juice about 4 limes
- 2 tablespoons juice from banana pepper jar you can use juice from any pickle jar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup diced mint
- 1/4 cup diced cilantro
- Bring water just about to a simmer and remove from heat. Add the noodles and let sit about 10 minutes until tender. Pour the noodles into a strainer and set aside.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of vegetable oil into a large pan or wok. Bring to a medium high heat and add the rings of shallots. Cook to brown, about 7 minutes, and remove from the oil with a slotted spoon. Put them onto a paper towel and lightly salt. Repeat this step with the garlic chips.
- Add the tofu to the same oil and cook to brown. Stir occasionally and let brown on all sides. Remove from pan to a paper towel lined plate.
- Cook the beef in the same oil on high heat to brown breaking up as you cook it.
- Add the thai chiles and the second round of shallots. Cook 2 minutes.
- Add the carrots, ginger, and garlic and cook 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the fish sauce, lime juice, pickle juice, sugar and water in a measuring cup. Add this mixture and stir.
- Remove from heat and add the noodles. Stir well. Add in the mint and cilantro and stir well to combine.
- Pour onto a serving platter and top with the fried garlic and shallot. Serve!