Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cooking with Tamarind Syrup

I just read that the average American spends less than 20 minutes per day cooking.  If you are a person who likes quick and easy recipes (and if the survey above is any indication, that's most of us), then you will love this noodle dish.  It's literally nothing more than sauteing vegetables and adding some softened rice noodles and soy sauce.  Throw in some red pepper flakes, too, and some lime juice. I like to serve it alongside tofu, chicken, or fish.

Tamarind Noodles
canola or olive oil, for sauteeing
your favorite vegetables (carrots, greens, peppers, etc.)
rice sticks
soy sauce
red pepper flakes

Heat oil in a skillet.  Add garlic and onion.  Let soften, then add the rest of the vegetables.  Add the pre-soaked noodles, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes, to taste.  Cover and let simmer 2-3 minutes.  Drizzle liberally with tamarind syrup, stir, and serve.

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