This noodle dish can be made vegetarian or with beef. You can also make it dinner tonight. Fresh egg noodles can be purchased at any Asian market, or look for them at your local grocery store.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 42 minutes


  • 1 package fresh egg noodles (flat or round)
  • 1 package wheat gluten “beef” pieces (or 8-10 thin strips of real beef ) marinated briefly (see below for mari
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of galangal or ginger, minced or grated fine
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. green peppercorns (or 1/4 tsp. ground black peppercorns)
  • 1-2 red chillies, sliced fine (omit if cooking for children, or if you prefer mild noodles)
  • 1 cup fresh bean spouts
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut up into bite-size pieces
  • handful of shiitake mushrooms, sliced, fresh or dried (if dried, allow to soften in hot water for up to 3 hours)
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil for stir-frying, such as sunflower
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 Tbsp. light (regular) soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • ½ to 1 Tbsp. fish sauce (depending on desired saltiness)
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce.

1.    Prepare marinade by mixing water with corn starch or arrowroot powder until smooth. Add to a bowl together with wheat gluten or beef, stirring thoroughly. Set aside.
2.    Prepare sauce by mixing together all sauce ingredients in a cup or bowl. Set aside.
3.    Add oil to a wok or large frying pan and turn heat on medium-high.
4.    Add galangal (or ginger), garlic, pounded peppercorns, and chillies to the wok. Fry briefly, until fragrant (1 minute). Add a little broth as needed when wok becomes dry.
5.    Add mushrooms and wheat gluten or beef strips together with the marinade. Stir-fry until wheat gluten or beef is cooked.
6.    Add broccoli and sauce, stirring to combine.
7.    Add noodles, gently separating as you drop them into the wok. Stir-fry until noodles soften (5-8 minutes).
8.    Add bean sprouts and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
9.    Taste test for salt, adding more fish sauce and/or dark soy sauce if not salty enough. Serve hot (for those who like it extra spicy, serve with "sambal" or red chilli sauce on the side). Enjoy this Thai food and share your comments with me.

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