100g (3.5oz) dry medium rice noodles
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pickled radish
2 tablespoons crushed peanuts, halved
1/3 cup white tofu, cut into 1" x 1/3" x 1/3" sticks
1/4 cup garlic chives, cut into 2" long pieces
1/2 cup bean sprouts, halved
1 1/8 teaspoons chili powder (leave 1 teaspoon for garnish)
1/8 - 1/2 cup water, just in case
1 teaspoon white sugar, for garnish
1 lime piece, for garnish
* 1 tablespoon white soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon palm sugar
* 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (1/8 c tamarind pulp + 1/8 c water)
Soak the rice noodles in room temperature water for 30-45 minutes before you cook. Do not soak in hot water or your noodles will get sticky. You want them to be soft enough to bend, but still firm. When finished soaking, drain, rinse, and set aside.
Prepare the tamarind paste by squishing 1/8 cup tamarind pulp with 1/8 cup water in a small bowl with your fingers. Take out all the tamarind veins and seeds, and squish the fruit until the water turns into a thickish paste. Strain the pulp with a strainer and set aside.
Prepare the sauce by adding 1 tablespoon of that tamarind paste you just made with the soy sauce & palm sugar in a small bowl. If your palm sugar is rock hard and doesnâ€™t dissolve, you can cut into small bits and microwave the mixture for 10 seconds or so. That should soften the sugar enough to dissolve.
Fry the tofu in hot oil until medium brown on each side. Remove from oil and set aside.
Add more oil to the pan, if necessary. Wait until the oil is hot, and â€˜dancingâ€™ around (look at the surface â€” is the oil moving?) Add the pickled radish and fry for a few seconds to get the flavor out.
Add your noodles and stir. You may want to add about 1/8-1/4 cup water too, depending on how hot your wok is. When the noodles soften a bit, add the sauce and the 1/8 teaspoon of the chili powder (leave the rest for garnish). Mix well â€” but be careful not to make a noodle mush. Try to keep the noodles separated as much as possible, covering the entire bottom of the pan. Spread them out.
Cook until the noodles are soft â€” it may take a minute or two. Taste to be sure they are done. If they get too dry, you may need to add a bit more water.
When the noodles are done, push them to the side to create room for the egg. Crack the egg into the space and scramble it with your spatula and cover the bottom of the pan. Throw the noodles on top of the egg.
Add the chives, 1/2 of the peanuts and 1/2 bean sprouts. Mix well, and remove to a plate.
Garnish with the rest of the sprouts on top, a slice of lime, and a pile each of the white sugar, the rest of the peanuts and the rest of the chili powder. You can also garnish with garlic chives