Fresh Flat Rice Noodles

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sen yai   กํวยเตี๋ยวเส้นใหญ่

I remember seeing a fresh rice noodle machine once when I was a kid. It reminded me of a printing press, where the paper or noodles move from one spot to another and finally pile up in a receiving tray.

The noodles are made by steaming rice flour mixture on a flat surface. The noodles are soft and sticky. These are available in sheets or cut, about 3/4 of an inch wide. They are made fresh locally and don't keep very long, 3-4 days maximum, in the refrigerator. However, you can freeze the whole tray and thaw the noodles in the microwave. At my local Asian markets, the noodles come in white foam tray with plastic wrap. They are on shelves, not in the refrigerator. The noodles get hard when they are cooled in the refrigerator. If you are planning on stir frying them, heat them up in microwave for a few minutes and pull apart the strands. Otherwise, they will clump together, more difficult to season.

When ordering noodles in Thailand you will be asked what kind you want - this one is called "sen yai".

Recipes made with Fresh Flat Rice Noodles

  • giant noodle rolls

    Giant Noodle Rolls

    Goi Tiew Lohd

    Tofu, bean sprouts and shrimp wrapped in fresh noodles and served with a spicy sauce

  • noodles in gravy

    Noodles in Gravy

    Rad Nah

    Soft rice noodles and Chinese broccoli with pork and gravy

  • pad see ew

    Pad See Ew

    Stir fried rice noodles with Chinese broccoli and soy sauces.

  • rad na

    Rad Na

    Rad Na Moo

    Soft thick rice noodles in a warm gravy with pork and Chinese Broccoli.

  • drunken noodles

    Drunken Noodles

    Sen Yai Pad Kee Mao

    Spicy hot rice noodles stir-fried with pork and holy basil

  • tom yum noodles

    Tom Yum Noodles

    Guay Tiew Moo Tom Yum

    Spicy and sour noodle soup served with crushed peanuts, powdered chili and lime juice

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