Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Drunken Noodles

Recipe by Alex Thao, executive chef, Rama.

My family has been in the restaurant business for so long that it kind of runs in the genes. My dad has owned restaurants for years. Growing up, we would go to the restaurant after school to grab a quick bite to eat. Then we would go home, do homework, and not see our parents for a while. My family wanted to push me away from the restaurant business for these reasons, but like I said, it’s in the blood.

I’ve been able to do it differently from my parents by delegating the work and having a good staff. My daughter is four and I am able to pick her up at school and go to soccer games. My wife is the one who does the cooking at home, though. I don’t want to touch a knife after I leave the restaurant. I want to spend time with my family. Sometimes we do barbecues at our house. Our friends bring the meat and I come up with something creative. I have a kitchen in my garage and I can experiment out there without bumping into my wife and getting in her way.

I wanted to learn all aspects of the business, so I learned how to be a chef just by helping my dad out and by watching. I also go to Thailand regularly and spent a lot of time there learning. I have gone for months at a time and once for a year to Bangkok.

In Thailand, we believe food is medicine; like, the right food enhances circulation or improves health. A lot of these are myths passed on from generation to generation, but there is some truth there, too. As a result, there is balance in Thai food — it’s spicy and sweet. The bottom line is that the food has to be flavorful. There isn’t junk food in Thailand like there is in the States. Instead of a McDonald’s on every corner there is a street vendor who sells salads and rice and noodles. It’s hot and sticky over there so often, you just want a fruit salad or a salad with steak. It’s not like here, where you are eating all day.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp black soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp sweet (or Thai) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)

  • 3 tbsp canola or peanut oil

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 pound beef, pork or chicken thinly sliced against the grain

  • 1/2 medium white onion, sliced

  • 4 cups fresh rice noodles, separated

  • 1/2 medium tomato, sliced

  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves, loosely packed

  • 1/2 tsp white pepper 

HOW TO DO IT

Combine black soy, sweet soy, oyster sauce, and fish sauce in a small bowl and set aside. Heat oil to medium high in a medium sauté pan or wok and sauté garlic until light brown. Add eggs and lightly scramble until set.

Add meat and onions to the pan, folding constantly until the meat is half cooked, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add fresh rice noodles, reserved sauce, tomato, and basil. Toss to combine for about 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure the noodles are cooked until the edges are slightly crisp

(NOTE: If you are using dried rice noodles, cook the noodles according to the package directions and rinse under cold water before adding to the meat and onions.)

Sprinkle white pepper to combine well and adjust seasonings as necessary before serving.

NOTE: You can purchase Thai soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce at 99 Ranch Market in Kearny Mesa.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Thai Joints rule in the Heights

Pick up or delivery, Thai fans have it good on Adams Avenue
Next Article

North River Farms foes face lawsuit heat

If activists take Measure L off ballot, they would no longer face mounting legal fees

Recipe by Alex Thao, executive chef, Rama.

My family has been in the restaurant business for so long that it kind of runs in the genes. My dad has owned restaurants for years. Growing up, we would go to the restaurant after school to grab a quick bite to eat. Then we would go home, do homework, and not see our parents for a while. My family wanted to push me away from the restaurant business for these reasons, but like I said, it’s in the blood.

I’ve been able to do it differently from my parents by delegating the work and having a good staff. My daughter is four and I am able to pick her up at school and go to soccer games. My wife is the one who does the cooking at home, though. I don’t want to touch a knife after I leave the restaurant. I want to spend time with my family. Sometimes we do barbecues at our house. Our friends bring the meat and I come up with something creative. I have a kitchen in my garage and I can experiment out there without bumping into my wife and getting in her way.

I wanted to learn all aspects of the business, so I learned how to be a chef just by helping my dad out and by watching. I also go to Thailand regularly and spent a lot of time there learning. I have gone for months at a time and once for a year to Bangkok.

In Thailand, we believe food is medicine; like, the right food enhances circulation or improves health. A lot of these are myths passed on from generation to generation, but there is some truth there, too. As a result, there is balance in Thai food — it’s spicy and sweet. The bottom line is that the food has to be flavorful. There isn’t junk food in Thailand like there is in the States. Instead of a McDonald’s on every corner there is a street vendor who sells salads and rice and noodles. It’s hot and sticky over there so often, you just want a fruit salad or a salad with steak. It’s not like here, where you are eating all day.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp black soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp sweet (or Thai) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)

  • 3 tbsp canola or peanut oil

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 pound beef, pork or chicken thinly sliced against the grain

  • 1/2 medium white onion, sliced

  • 4 cups fresh rice noodles, separated

  • 1/2 medium tomato, sliced

  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves, loosely packed

  • 1/2 tsp white pepper 

HOW TO DO IT

Combine black soy, sweet soy, oyster sauce, and fish sauce in a small bowl and set aside. Heat oil to medium high in a medium sauté pan or wok and sauté garlic until light brown. Add eggs and lightly scramble until set.

Add meat and onions to the pan, folding constantly until the meat is half cooked, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add fresh rice noodles, reserved sauce, tomato, and basil. Toss to combine for about 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure the noodles are cooked until the edges are slightly crisp

(NOTE: If you are using dried rice noodles, cook the noodles according to the package directions and rinse under cold water before adding to the meat and onions.)

Sprinkle white pepper to combine well and adjust seasonings as necessary before serving.

NOTE: You can purchase Thai soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce at 99 Ranch Market in Kearny Mesa.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Ocean Beach trash altruist

Cameron Reid covers Niagara and Narragansett, Sunset Cliffs to Abbott.
Next Article

The glamour and crime of Tijuana

Club Campestre abduction, cross-border prostitution, Russian-owned gym, TJ's new night scene
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close