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                            CRISPY FRIED NOODLES
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Side Dish                        Thai
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3       c            Vegetable oil, for deep fryg
    4       oz           Rice vermicelli
      1/4   c            Water
      1/4   c            Tamarind water -ÿÿlime
                         -- juice
    4       tb           Sugar
      1/4   c            Vegetable oil
    2       tb           Onions, chopped
    1       tb           Garlic, chopped
    1       tb           Tomato paste
    3       tb           Soy sauce
                         -----TO FINISH-----
      1/2   c            Bean sprouts
    1       tb           Cilantro leaves, chopped
    2       ea           Green onions, diced
    1       t            Red pepper flakes, optional
                         Lemon wedges
   Heat the oil to very hot.  Drop a handful of uncooked
   noodles into the hot oil.  They will immediately puff
   up to several times their size.  Turn them over &
   quickly fry the other side.  The entire process only
   takes a few seconds.  Do not let the noodles brown.
   Drain on paper towels. Make the SYRUP by combining the
   water & tamarind water with sugar in a small pot.
   Cook over medium heat until it thickens. Prepare the
   SEASONINGS by heating 1 tb vegetable oil in a wok or
   skillet. Add the onion & garlic & stir-fry until
   lightly browned. Add the tomato paste & soy sauce &
   stir-fry a further 3 minutes. Clean the bean sprouts &
   remove the roots if you want. Place the noodles in a
   large bowl & pour the SYRUP & SEASONINGS mixture over
   them at once & mix thoroughly with your hands. Add the
   bean sprouts, cilantro & green onions & mix again,
   being careful not to break the noodles into too small
   pieces.  Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes if
   desired & serve with the lemon wedges.
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