The Cookbook Challenge: Week 16 Noodles recipe – Chicken, pork & rice noodle stir fry

by April@MyFoodTrail on March 16, 2010

in Asian, Cookbook Challenge 2010, Cooking, Noodles, Recipes

Theme: Noodles
Cookbook: Fast Chicken by The Australian Women’s Weekly

I have fallen behind in my posting – I really don’t know where all my spare time goes! I think I have also partly lost my blogging mojo and blogging has become a bit of a chore rather than something I enjoy! Not to worry though, I’m sure I’ll find my motivation again once I get back into it and life quietens down a bit.

Another thing I have to do is more forward planning for the Cookbook Challenge. I always do a last minute flick through cookbooks to find a recipe for that weeks’ challenge, when really I should be picking out recipes in advance since we already know the upcoming themes. As a result, I just randomly pick a recipe for the week and then afterwards find a recipe I would have rather done and blogged about! I am finding I am using my cookbooks more, though not necessarily always blogging about it. One useful thing I make sure I always do is put a post-it note on every recipe I make, listing when I made it, what I did differently from the original recipe, what I thought of it and what I would change next time if I were to make it again.

I flipped through my Fast Chicken cookbook and chose a rice noodle recipe. The fresh rice noodles (not vermicelli) are my favourite noodles. I normally have my noodles with either chicken or minced pork, never both at the same time so I thought this recipe would be an interesting one to try. I halved the original recipe and left out the bean sprouts, using choy sum instead. Choy sum is a Chinese vegetable available at Asian grocery stores.

Chicken, pork & rice noodle stir fry
Serves 3-4

1 tbsp + 1 tsp white sugar
2 tbsp mild chilli sauce (I used 1 tbsp sriracha chilli sauce)
1 tbsp + 1 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp tomato sauce
250 thigh fillet, sliced
500g fresh rice noodle
300g pork mince
½ brown onion, sliced (I used red onion)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Bunch of choy sum vegetables, leaves only, chopped
Oil for frying



1. Combine sugar and sauces in large bowl with chicken.

2. Place noodles in a colander and pour over some hot water to soften the noodles slightly.

Fresh rice noodles being softened slightly

3. Drain chicken mixture and reserve marinade.

4. Heat oil in a wok and stir fry chicken until chicken is browned all over and cooked through. Remove from wok and set aside.

5. Heat more oil in a wok (or use oil left over from chicken) and add onions and garlic, then add pork, breaking it up as it cooks. Stir fry until pork is cooked through. Remove from wok and set aside with chicken.

Frying minced pork

6. Leaving the oil from the pork in the wok, add in noodles with the reserved marinade. Stir fry for a minute or two before adding back the chicken and pork, as well as the choy sum vegetables. Stir fry until choy sum has wilted.

Noodles with marinade

Waiting for the choy sum to wilt

Results: The noodles were quick enough to prepare for a weeknight meal with ingredients I am likely to have at home. They had a high ingredients to noodle ratio, unlike when you get takeaway noodles! They had quite a kick from the chilli sauce and a slight tang. Hubby didn’t particularly like them and I think it is because it had no identifiable flavour that he was used to.

Would I make it again? No, while I quite liked the noodles, hubby didn’t and I wouldn’t be bothered making them for myself.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo - SecondHelping March 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Its awful when you think you have lost your blogging mojo. It will come back – I assure you.

Rice noodles are my favourite too 🙂


Vee - A Melbourne Munchkin. March 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Ahh choy sum over beansprouts is a decision that I support strongly! That looks like excellent char kuay teow – except way, way more generous than anything you'd ever get outside!


Ellie March 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I am sure you will find back your blogging mojo soon. Great noodle dish 🙂


mademoiselle délicieuse March 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Why didn't hubby like it? Hope your blogging motivation and spare time both return soon =)

Reply March 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Welcome back Rilsta – you've been missed. Yummy, hearty looking dish and I also love the idea of the pork mince and chicken..nice choice. Leigh


penny aka jeroxie March 17, 2010 at 12:30 am

I hope you get back your blogging mojo again! But at least you are looking forward to cookbook challenge. it is such a lovely challenge and I am enjoying it so much. so thanks for organising it 🙂


Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

I always ask for extra greens with my takeaway noodles because I'm never happy with the ingredients to noodle ratio so I'm glad you mentioned this 🙂

The mojo will return, don't stress about it, we'll still be here if you have to slow down some more on the posts! Seems like a lot of us are in the same boat at the moment. Hopefully it is a boat on its way to mojotown.


imasugarjunkie March 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

I hope the blogging mojo comes back real soon! I always enjoy reading your posts! This dish looks really yummy – rice noodles are my favourite too.


Mrs Multitasker March 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I definitely hear ya…. There are seasons. Sometimes you just need to step away for a few weeks and suddenly the fire returns…
The dish looks yummy… If you want to try another noodle dish Harumi has a good pork & egg noodle recipe that's easy to do.


April @ My Food Trail March 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Hi Jo: Thanks! Will be waiting for it to come back! 🙂

Hi Kat: The pad siew I've had has always been dark like char kueh teow.

Hi Vee: Home made noodles are great as you can put as much ingredients as you want (and substitute them!).

Hi Ellie: Thanks! 🙂

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: Thanks! I think hubby didn't like it because it doesn't taste like noodles he normally has and has no identifying flavour , if that makes sense.

Hi Leigh: Thanks so much!

Hi Penny: Thanks so much! Glad to know you are enjoying it!

Hi Conor: LOL! Thanks! 🙂

Hi imasugarjunkie: Thanks heaps! 🙂

Hi Mrs Multitasker: Thanks so much! Will check out the recipe!


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