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Pan-Fried Rice Noodles with Fried Eggs

Pan-Fried Rice Noodles with Fried Eggs (Easy Vegetarian Recipe)

This recipe is heavily adapted from Andrea Nguyen’s The Pho Cookbook

For this dish, I used wide rice noodles, which are about 1/2-inch wide when they’re dry. You can use thinner noodles if wide noodles are not available.

Ingredients

Scale
  • 10 ounces wide rice noodles
  • 7 tablespoons canola or olive oil for frying noodles and eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • gochujang (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • kimchi (optional)

Garnish

  • sliced scallions
  • black sesame seeds
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the noodles and cook for about 7 minutes. During the first 2 minutes of cooking the noodles, you want to stir the pot constantly because the rice noodles will want to stick to each other. Stir the noodles occasionally after the first 2 minutes. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water.
  2. Toss the noodles with 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. The oil helps prevent the noodles from clumping together as it cools. Spread the noodles over a baking sheet to dry out for about 10 to 15 minutes. This drying out process helps ensure crisper noodle cakes. If you cook the noodles right after they’re drained, there may be a lot of residual moisture in the noodles that prevent them from crisping up properly.
  3. Get 2 small pans ready—8-inch or 10-inch pans work very well for this. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in both pans over medium heat. Divide the noodles between both pans. Pan fry the noodles for about 5 minutes, until the bottom is a nice golden brown.
  4. Flip the noodle cake over. You can use a large spatula, but I found the best way is to cover the pan with a large plate. While pressing the plate against the pan, flip the pan over so that the noodle cake turns onto the plate, golden side facing up. Add another 1 or 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil into each pan and slide the noodle cakes back into the pan to pan fry the other side. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the cakes to a dish.
  5. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of oil into each pan and pan fry 2 eggs in each pan. Cook for a few minutes, until the egg whites have settled. Serve the eggs on the noodle cakes. Drizzle the cakes with gochujang (or your favorite hot sauce) and serve with kimchi, if desired.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Amount for 1/2 cake with 1 egg: Calories: 532, Total Fat 29.8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 186mg, Sodium: 652mg, Total Carbohydrate: 56.6g, Dietary Fiber: 1.3g, Sugar: 1.4g, Protein 6.3g

  • If you are in a hurry and you don’t have time to cool the noodles before frying, skip the step of tossing the noodles with 1 tablespoon of oil. The oil is meant to keep the noodles from sticking together while they’re cooling.
  • You can use less oil for this dish if you like, but the noodle cakes will not be as brown as they look in the photo.
  • In my photo, you probably notice tiny black specks on the noodle cakes. When I shot the photos, I tossed the noodles with onion powder and the powder burned during the frying process. The onion powder did not add much flavor, so I omitted it in the recipe.
  • Want to try making kimchi at home? Try my small batch vegan kimchi!