Recipe for Mi Krob -- Thai Crispy Noodles


1 lb chinese rice noodles or vermicelli
1 small onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves; chopped
1/2 yellow bean cake, thinly sliced (o; ptional)
8 oz lean pork, thinly sliced
1 lb chicken meat, thinly sliced
4 large prawns, shelled, thin sliced
2 1/2 tablespoon sugar
7 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
5 tablespoon soy sauce *
1 lime or lemon juice (little)
4 chicken or duck eggs
1 fresh bean sprouts, as desired
1 pork fat for deep frying


* if possible fish soy or add anchovy essence to regular soy sauce. (comment from the Shipp's -- use Thai Fish sauce here )

This is a dish of rice noodles fried until crisp and garnished generously with a mixture of prawns, pork and vegetables.

Scald the noodles in rapidly boiling water, drain and leave to dry out on a platter. Drying takes about 30 minutes.

In a large deep frying pan put plenty of pork fat, let it cook until hot but not too hot. Fry the noodles until they are crisp and light brown. Take from the hot fat and put aside to drain.

Pour out most of the fat from the pan, leaving only enough to cook the remaining ingredients. First add the onion and garlic, stir well and when these are brown add the bean cake, pork, chicken and prawns. Continue stirring until these ingredients are cooked. Add the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and juice and stir all the while. When all this is cooked the result should be salty, sweet and sour. Now break in the eggs, stir and cook until these become a thick layer. Slowly add the fried noodles and bean sprouts and stir until all are well mixed together.

This is *mi krob*. It is garnished with finely chopped fresh coriander, finely chopped chives, chopped red chillies, and grated orange peel, which is the nearest we can get to the local *soma*, a tiny bitter orange like the *kumquat*. Instead of cooking the bean sprouts with the noodles, they can be cooked separately and used as a garnish.

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