recipe: Singapore Rice Noodle

Singapore Rice Noodle with Chicken

When I started working at Pitt, oh so many (six? eek!) years ago, I discovered my favorite restaurant. A small, dive-y-looking Thai place called The Spice Island Tea House. I ate there every Wednesday, without fail. I even had Dan bring me dinner from there after I gave birth- a much-needed and much-deserved meal, I have to say!

One of my favorite dishes is Singapore Rice Noodle, and I found a recipe that I thought sounded very similar. So I tried it. BINGO! It tastes almost exactly like the Spice Island version… even if it doesn’t come in a styrofoam container.

Singapore Rice Noodle
  1. 1 package thin rice vermicelli noodles
  2. 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 2 tbsp peanut oil
  5. 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  6. 1 thinly sliced onion
  7. 1 thinly sliced green or red pepper
  8. 1 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tbsp yellow curry powder
  9. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  10. 1/2 tsp sugar
  11. 1/4 cup chicken stock
  12. 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  13. 1 cup bean sprouts
  14. 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  15. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Place rice noodles in a pan of hot water, covered, for 10 minutes. Drain when softened.
  2. Slice chicken into thin strips; coat with tamari or soy sauce. Saute with peanut oil and garlic. When chicken is starting to cook, add onions and peppers. Add red pepper flakes. Cook until chicken is no longer pink, and onions and peppers are soft.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine curry powder, coconut milk, sugar, chicken stock, peanuts, and lemon juice. Heat for a few minutes on low-medium. Remove from heat, and add peanuts, bean sprouts, and basil.
  4. Add curry/coconut sauce mixture to the drained rice noodles. Add chicken and vegetables and mix well.


  1. Corrie

    January 9, 2008 10:42 pm

    Jon teaches at Pitt on Tuesdays, maybe I can convince him to bring Spice Island food home with him.

  2. Jen

    January 9, 2008 10:45 pm

    @Corrie: oh DO IT! :) My favorite dishes are Ruby Chicken, Java Fried Rice with Chicken, and Singapore Rice Noodle with Chicken. Oh, and Chicken Panang! (I like chicken. heh.) Very yummy.

  3. Mel

    January 10, 2008 9:36 pm

    mmm…..Trent and I LOVE Thai food. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. Melissa

    January 10, 2008 11:30 pm

    Sounds awesome! Think this would work with some other type of oil (since I’m allergic to peanuts)?

  5. Katharina

    January 11, 2008 3:43 am

    Mmmh – that actually does look very yummy! I might try this next weekend, although I’m really not much of a Thai food fan. :)

    Thanks for the quick info on where your domain name came from! I was all like, damn – I should have done that. But then I realized that kaydee doesn’t really have that awesome, special ring to it as jayesel does. And that the whole thing in reverse – deekay – was even worse. Ugh.

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