Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thai Yellow Curry Rice Noodles

On Saturday, Z and I spent the majority of our afternoon in grocery stores (we get crazy sometimes). We stopped in at Trader Joe's to do actual groceries, then went to Whole Foods to eat all of their free samples (and, as a result, O.D. on cheese). Then, our final stop was Shaw's to get a few items that Trader Joe's didn't have. It was pretty fun, for foodie dorks like us.

During our Trader Joe's trip, we picked up a few items to have for dinner. We didn't have a recipe in mind, but these two items helped us create the evening's menu.

Item #1:

Item #2 (the star of the dish, for me):

With these two ingredients, we ended up creating this: 

Our made-on-the-fly Thai Yellow Curry Rice Noodles is a very simple, yet tasty, recipe. Before we did any cooking, we drained and cubed the tofu and put it in a bowl with some of the yellow curry sauce to marinate for about 20 minutes. We then cooked the rice noodles according to the directions on the package, and sauteed the marinated tofu, mushrooms, diced onion and orange bell pepper in a separate pan with some olive oil. We seasoned the veggies and tofu with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Once the noodles were done and the veggies were tender (and tofu was slightly crisp on the outside), we threw everything together with a little more of the yellow curry sauce. And then, we ate it. 

Easy, flavorful, and spicy - just the way I like it. For the meat eaters, this recipe would also be very good with chicken. 

Are Z and I the only dorks that walk around Whole Foods strictly to eat the free samples? Be honest....


  1. You are not alone as I spend nearly every Saturday enjoying cheese and olive samples. The Whole Foods sweet spot for samples is Saturdays from around 11:45am - 1:00pm. That's when the food vendors come to the store and peddle their wares. I like River Street best, and the Trader Joe's is right around the corner. Yep, you're definitely not alone.

  2. I didn't try any of the samples but there were samples galore at WF this weekend!

  3. You are certainly not alone in your love for samples! As a kid, my family and I would plan to go to BJs and Costco during sampling hours. To this day, I'm still excited whenever I encounter sampling hours.

    TJ hasn't moved into town yet, though it will later this year, so I'll have to try that curry sauce. Have you tried adding Maesri curry paste to coconut milk? If so, any comparison on the flavor?

  4. I can't believe you hit up all three grocery stores!! too fun!

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  6. Molly, too funny - I love how you know what time the vendors get to Whole Foods!

    Caitlin, I've never tried adding curry paste to coconut milk (I've just tried cooking with curry powder/coconut milk before, and loved the flavor). Fairly similar to TJ's concoction!

  7. I've been looking for some of this, where did you buy it by the way? Thanks.