Monday, March 28, 2011


Nurses and Caregivers, I have one word for you - RESPECT! Teenager no. 3 came home from the hospital last weekend, and I have tagged on an addendum to my multi-hyphenated job description of Mom. I am now Mom-Nurse to my son, who is lying in bed, cranky, in pain, and temporarily immobile. His needs have gone on overdrive. I've only been a couple of days on the job, but I am exhausted! I am either going to make myself a cocktail, or something good to eat. So I made noodles.

This recipe is adapted from The Taste of Thailand by Vatcharin Bhumichitr, substituting red curry paste with sambal.

Curry Noodles with Sambal

200g fresh Asian egg noodles
2 tablespoons oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons sambal paste
(or 1 teaspoon red curry paste)
1/2 cup coconut cream
125g minced pork
250ml chicken or pork stock
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Blanch the fresh noodles in boiling water for a few seconds, separating the strands. Drain and set aside.

In a wok over high heat, add the oil and fry the garlic until just golden. Add curry paste, stir well, then coconut cream. Lower the heat and simmer for a minute. Add the minced pork and saute until it turns opaque. Add the stock, curry powder, turmeric, fish sauce, sugar and lemon juice. Stir well. Increase the heat to high and continue stirring for about half a minute.

Add the noodles and mix until the sauce is well incorporated.

Garnish with julienned cucumbers and carrots. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or ground peanuts. Serve with additional sambal on the side.


  1. When I was sick, I was very cranky but loved that i had someone to fetch me food and drinks (mother)!

    these noodles look really good!!!
    -Emily B.

  2. i thought i left a comment yesterday when I read this post but I guess not or maybe i didn't hit post comment haha.
    but annie, all i want to say is that caring for our sick ones is a memory that will be imprinted in the minds of our kids when they grow old. it's the haplos ng pagmamahal that they always remember.
    if i was in your neighborhood, i would be there with you, to enjoy this dish and give you a hug for a job well done.

  3. Hi Emily B! What would we do without Moms? Ask her to make the noodles for you.
    Hi Malou - if only we were neighbors! Glad to have you as a friend.

  4. I hope your son is feeling better, Annie. Hope, too that what he had wasn't catching. You know how Mum's don't have ANY excuse for time off. Aside from respect, you have my admiration also. Despite your exhaustion, you still managed to cook a very delicious noodle dish. The sambal is tempting me again.

  5. Beautiful! This would be perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch.

    US Masala

  6. Thanks Adora and Aipi. Cooking is therapy, right? And sitting down to enjoy a bowl of noodles is truly comforting!

  7. I'd go for the cocktail AND these noodles! They look really tasty. Love the spice from the sambal.
    Hope your son is feeling better...

  8. I had a cocktail too, Karen! Thanks for your well wishes.