meager attempts at thai cooking.

we stumbled upon the no. 1 thai restaurant in seattle. the noodle boat the first week we moved to the eastside. albeit, it’s actually in issaquah a mere 40 mins outside of seattle, but nonetheless we agree with the ratings.

gone are the mae ploy’s, jai tha’s, thaiwon thai’s and thaiku’s. the noodle boat is where it’s at. voted for the nth year in the row by seattle met mag, we couldn’t agree more.

we’ve gone a handful of times since we’ve moved out here and have had different dishes, each becoming our new favorite. on a recent dinner date, we fell in love with ‘summer noodle’ and tried replicating it tonight. i’ll be honest, it’s no where near in comparison to the authenticity but we tried and it’s pretty good. i think we’re going to give it another go to see if we can get it a bit closer.

but the biggest difference for us was swapping the ramen noodles with rice noddles since the former has wheat and gluten. the change is pretty big in terms of taste and texture but the flavors of the sauce is awesome.

this  recipe is perfect for a fun, light dish like lunches or an early dinner.  it can also be a great salad too!

summer noodle: ostlie style
4 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
– 4 lemongrass stalks (about 5 inches in height) and diagonally sliced, very thin
– 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves chopped
– 1 spring of basil leaves chopped
– half red onion, chopped
– 4 stalks of green onions, sliced
– 3 stalks of celery, diced to match the size of the other veggies
– 1 package of stir fry rice noodles
– 3 tablespoons fish sauce
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons lime juice
– 1 tablespoon rooster sauce

first, cook rice noodles per instructions on the package.  Drain and set aside.

secondly, brown chicken in a large pot (we used an electric wok). Added the red onions, celery, green onions and lemon grass until a little soft. Once chicken is cooked, add the the sauces and mix well.  Then add the cilantro and basil to the pot.

quickly add in the noodles and mix until evenly coated.  Don’t mix too much or the noodles will get mushy.

serve and enjoy!

i think the next attempt will include lime leaves, cashews, and chili paste.  but so far so good!



  1. I know you think “enuff of the recipes” but I love to see what you’re cookin up and makes me think of tutu and how much she loved food and to try all different types of recipes. she lives on through you… boo hoo (in a happy way)
    I’m definitely going to try this noodle dish. yum:)

    • Thanks Aunty Hiwa! You totally made my day! Definitely use lime leaves, ground up cashews and chili paste. I think it will make the dish more ‘ono 🙂 XOXO!!

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