You know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and you really just want cold Chinese food?

And coffee?

And two advils?

No comment.


Maybe let’s change the subject.

That picture up there is proof that unlike some food network star celebrities, I actually eat the food I cook for all of you.

Also.  I barely know how to use chopsticks.

Do they use chopsticks in Thailand?  I don’t even know.

I’m sure they don’t make these noodles in Thailand, so we’re not even vying for authenticity at this point.  Such a shame.


I made these noodles right before I left for my Sangria date thinking that if “grabbing drinks” really just meant “grabbing drinks” at least I would have some good food to come home to and cuddle with unabashedly.

Well.  After three hours and a pitcher of Sangria and not even a speckle of a hint of food, I was in such a state when I got home that I decided 11 o’clock was just too late for dinner.

So I went to bed and woke up craving cold noodles.  Funny how that happens.


I also decided that Thai basil is the real and true cure for any and all of my ailments.  Especially the bad date blues.  It’s really good at fixing those.

Unlike regular basil it has hints of licorice and cinnamon.  I got some in my CSA and I’m thinking of growing some on my windowsill.  Cause it’s kind of the best thing that’s ever happened to me.  Besides you guys.

Before we get onto the recipe, check out the poll in the top right corner of my blog and vote on which sweet potato fry recipe you’d be most likely to buy if you saw it in your freezer section.  The tasting last night was a total hit and though there was certainly an almost unanimously obvious winner, I want your input before I make a final decision.  Since you can’t taste the fries, here’s a little description of each of them:

Wasabi Ginger – all of your favorite sushi flavors come together in this sweet potato fry and are tied together with a hint of maple syrup.  A little sweet, a little spicy, a lot of delicious.

Thai Curry Peanut Butter – picture your favorite peanut sauce from your favorite Thai restaurant smeared all over your favorite vegetable (the sweet potato.  Obviously.)

Sweet Potato Pie – sweet potato fries coated in crushed up vanilla meringues, cinnamon graham crackers, nutmeg, ginger and a hint of sea salt.  Not overly sweet, these babies have all of the heart-warming flavor of sweet potato pie without all the calories.

Please vote!


Noodles in Thai Curry Sauce
Serves 4, adapted from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

1 Japanese eggplant, cut into rounds
2 lb zucchini, cut into half moons
8 oz buckwheat soba noodles
1 1/2 tbsp roasted peanut oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 onion, diced
15 oz light coconut milk
3 tsp Thai red curry paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 scallions, thinly sliced into rounds
1/4 cup Thai basil (or regular basil)

1. Preheat oven to 450.  Toss the eggplant and zucchini with a little bit of soy sauce. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes or until starting to brown.

2. Cook the noodles in plenty of salted boiling water until tender.  Drain and rinse well to stop the cooking.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet.  Add the garlic, ginger, and onion and stir-fry over high heat until softened, about 2 minutes.  Add the coconut milk, curry paste and soy sauce and stir to break up the paste.  Add in the zucchini and eggplant.  Lower the heat and simmer until everything is well blended, 3-4 minutes.  Add the noodles, scallions and Thai basil and toss until coated.

I am submitting this to:
Meatless Mondays, hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory
Maniac Meatless Mondays hosted by Rebecca Jean of Midnight Maniac
Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner


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108 Responses to Noodles in Thai Curry Sauce

  1. Simply Life says:

    this does look perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  2. Lora says:

    Your needles look divine and no, chopsticks are not used in Thailand. Some of the northern hill tribes have Chinese heritage. So maybe they are the exception.

  3. Lea Ann says:

    The only way I can ever have Thai basil is if I make the long trek to our Oriental market across town. LOVE it. Those noodles look fantastic.

  4. Yes they to use chopsticks in Thailand. When I visited Thailand the only thing I bought was a pair of chopsticks:) Your dish may or may not be authentic thai but it certainly sounds delicious.

  5. I could eat these anytime of the day or night for that matter. How amazing- love the curry sauce!

  6. This looks amazing and I’m pretty sure they do use chopsticks in thailand:-) If you are on a date drinking that long food should definitely be offered! Now which fries to vote on…

  7. Joanne, this looks to die for. These noodles look so heavenly that I bet they could cure any bad date or tough day at work in my case.

  8. OohLookBel says:

    I am such a wimp when it comes to spicy food, but these noodles are calling to me. Love the fusion ingredients and flavors.

  9. Louanne says:

    I cannot wait to try this…looks delicious.

  10. Faith says:

    When temps soar, cold noodle salad is the perfect meal…and this looks fantastic! I’ve never had Thai basil, but I will be on the lookout for it now.

    I was torn between thai curry and sweet potato pie…but I manned up and cast my vote! 😉

  11. Yeah I know those mornings… This sounds delicious! And yes, they use chopsticks in Thailand but not regularly (it’s usually spoon, fork, and knife) 🙂

  12. Danielle says:

    We make a few different variations on this dish – I love cold noodles!

  13. I voted–the Thai curry peanut butter sounds too good to pass up . . . though I do love me some wasabi.

  14. Dana says:

    As usual, I have several things to say here. One, you are a lefty? Two, 3 hours? So it was a good date? Three, as I understand it, they do not use chopsticks in Thailand, they use forks. Four, yes, Thai basil is incredible and very necessary in this kind of dish. Four, you know you are after my heart with noodles!

  15. Esi says:

    Love this simple salad

  16. Shannon says:

    oh wow, all of those sw potato fry variations sound amazeballs. and these noodles? also delicious. and now i want to play more with thai basil…

  17. That Girl says:

    According to my Thai friends, the Chinese in Thailand use chopsticks, but the real Thai “are civilized and use forks.” (their words, not mine)

  18. Do you sometimes wish you were left handed when you are trying to take pictures of food while holding it on a fork/chopsticks? Maybe I’m the only one, since you made it look pretty natural. Maybe it’s because I love all things Thai and I’m blinded by love for this dish.

    I voted!

  19. Thai basil is a wonderful thing. I have a plant in my herb garden, and it’s even doing really well. Why have I not been using it more all summer? Time to change that with more meals like these delicious-looking noodles!

  20. Victoria says:

    We are so on the same page! I made cold Asian noodles TWICE last week. TWICE! Mine were cold spicy sesame noodles, once with udon and once with soba. Just to keep things interesting. I voted on your fries. Good luck 🙂

  21. Alisa says:

    I’m happy to de-lurk to help out (and tell you how amazing those noodles look!).

    Here are my thoughts on the fries (I’m going to vote, but wanted to give you my reasoning – just in case it helps!):
    I love sushi, I love wasabi, and I love ginger, and I even love yam rolls. Yet somehow I can’t wrap my taste buds lovingly around that flavor combo. It doesn’t entice as much.
    The Thai PB would be the one I would automatically lunge at (and has a nice familiar flavor vibe that I think might be comforting for many), but …
    The Sweet Potato Pie is so unique and I think the low cal and sweet concepts may get a lot of votes.

    So my vote is with the last two.

  22. Cate says:

    No to the chopsticks in Thailand, but YES Thai basil makes everything better!
    This is definitely going on the menu for this week!

  23. Hahaha.. You are right, they don’t serve this In Thailand but this looks great anyway. At least I am salivating!

  24. Miriam says:

    I love this meal!! I have to say that I’ve never craved cold Chinese ood in the morning…maybe someday :), [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  25. As usual, it looks amazing. I’m totally craving cold noodles right now!

  26. The cold Thai noodles look delicious. When I was in Thailand, I never say chopsticks being used.

  27. Cam says:

    awww man! i had my fingers crossed for a good date. next time – meet for cupcakes! at least then you won’t be hungry. in other news, we had some similar noodles this weekend. nothing wrong with craving cold noodles! 🙂

  28. megcjones says:

    these look so yummy. i just love cold noodles 🙂

  29. These look so great! I’ve been craving something with some Asian flavor and this looks like the perfect thing to try!

  30. Oh man! I have some Thai curry sauce in the fridge right now. This is such an amazing idea — I think I may have to try it tonight =D.

  31. I have not yet learned the art of chopsticks either, but I think a fork will do just fine. If Chinese food tasted as good as this looks & sounds, then yes, I think I would wake up with a craving for old takeout leftovers. Fantastic post, Joanne!


    I’ve come to the conclusion that you could give those food network celebs a run for their money.

  32. Chopsticks or not, your Thai noodles look wonderful. I love Thai food!

  33. Hannah says:

    Yes, yes, and yes. Sounds just like my morning, ugh. Wish I had your recipe earlier!

  34. I found out recently that I use the chopsticks in a very weird way. But it seems so right to me, I couldn’t care less if anyone thinks it’s bizarre. The important thing is to get the food in your mouth, right? And that I can do!

    Those noodles look perfect (hot or cold)!

    Camila Faria

  35. Funny, I woke up this morning in such a state. Bleh.
    These noodles look soooooo yummy!!

  36. kankana says:

    Eating with chop stick .. that’s still a lesson am learning 🙂 I love Thai food and this sauce sounds lovely.

  37. Tadka Pasta says:

    Your pictures are lovely and the noodles look saucy and delicious!

  38. Pam says:

    Bad date? These noodles are sure to make you feel better – yum!

  39. I voted for sweet potato pie. I tried to grow thai basil, since it’s my favorite type of basil. I don’t know why but basil and cilantro don’t grow where I live. It’s unfortunate because it’s not easy to buy in Canada either.

  40. sorry about the bad date.

    I vote for the wasabi ginger fries!

  41. I could eat this for any meal!Looks fabulous

  42. Juliana says:

    Joanne, these noddles look delicious with the Thai curry sauce and the yummie veggies…perfect at anytime 🙂
    I vote for wasabi ginger. Have a great week ahead!

  43. I take it the date didn’t go well. Too bad you didn’t even get dinner out of it, well, the noodles look awesome though!

  44. Ruth Daniels says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! And delicious too, I’m sure. I will vote…but which to choose. Perhaps I’ll have to vote more than once. Thanks for sharing the noodle dish with Presto Pasta Nights.

  45. Def Thai Curry Peanut Butter! Sounds awesome and is making me crave curry. Now.

  46. the noodles look amazing! thanks for the inspiration! I’m so about the wasabi ginger, but guess that’s too much for folks! If if doesn’t win, will you post your recipe anyway? Hugs!

  47. daphne says:

    I get the cravings for noodles on most weeks!! I like this quick stir fry idea with the thai red curry paste!!!
    mm what shld i vote for? tough decision.

  48. I would totally eat that for breakfast. Especially with a hangover. YUM!

  49. tigerfish says:

    The only noodles I enjoy having chilled/cold is Japanese soba. I don’t think I would like a noodle dish esp with curry sauce served cold. It will make me feel worse!!!!

  50. love the idea. I need to try making noodles dishes using buckwheat noodles instead of just the normal egg noodles…

  51. Reeni says:

    I could definitely eat these for breakfast! Or a midnight snack! They would instantly make me forget all about a bad date.

  52. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I think that good food will always conquer the bad date blues. These noodles sound delicious. I love the flavors. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  53. I love Thai basil AND cold noodles- these look like a very good choice any time of day. 🙂 All of those fries sound good to me! 🙂

  54. The thai curry peanut butter fries sounds awesome. Unusual and amazing.

  55. Looks perfect ..I love noodles more the next day..and with thai flavors, I m sure I will love them more..yum!

  56. Swathi says:

    Looks delicious, any thing thai inspired is welcome in my home.

  57. Chaya says:

    This is one of my favorite dishes and I am taking bets that when I make your recipe, I will a new favorite way of making it. You have voodoo you put on your food to make it look better than the best Thanks for the link and Bizzy thanks you too.

  58. brocstar says:

    The peanut butter one sounds interesting… but probably too weird for me to actually buy.

  59. Amy says:

    Oh man…not a good date, huh? But 3 hours…couldn’t have been THAT bad?? Of course you’re not normal. Anyone else would drown their sorrows in ice cream or chocolate. You…you make Thai Noodles. And thank goodness for us 😉

    In the process of moving. I. AM. SO. TIRED.

  60. Deborah says:

    Yours is the second blog today that I’ve seen mention Thai basil – I think I need to plant some now!!

  61. I love noddles and Thai curry sauce, so that dish is for me. Totally mouthwatering!



  62. Thai basil is truly addictive. These noodle look so good, I am sure I could have them for breakfast with or without chopsticks 🙂

  63. HAHA! I also, unfortunately for my waistline, eat all the food I cook for my blog. But we do it for our readers, right? 🙂

    This Thai Curry Sauce sounds wonderful! Will have to try this out… and then I’m going to teach you how to use chopsticks 🙂

  64. No, they don’t use chopsticks in Thailand. They use a large (soup) spoon and a fork. The fork is used mainly to get the food onto the spoon. Thai restaurants in the U.S. usually have chopsticks since we tend to think they use them. Did that make sense? I don’t know about these noodles being Thai but they look delicious no matter their ethnic authenticity.


  65. those noodles look delicious. I love noodles. All kinds of noodles.

  66. Jessie says:

    I have woken up in the morning and craved noodles just like those! (In fact, I’ve actually eaten noodles like that for breakfast – and I know you won’t judge, Joanne 😉 ). Thai basil really is the cure all, especially for those bad date blues 🙁

    I wish I could have been there for the fry-tasting! I’m definitely voting right now and I can’t wait to find out which one wins!

    Have a great week, Joanne!

  67. This sounds awesome! My husband and I adore eggplant, and we’d both love this! 🙂 I’m not sure which French fry flavor I’d prefer, but maybe the Thai Curry Peanut Butter. 🙂

  68. Flavorful and creamy noodle, the way I love it!

  69. This looks scrumptious!And I want lots of sweet Thai basil to go with the noodles!

  70. Peggy says:

    These noodles sound incredible! I absolutely love Thai basil and am so jealous that you got it in your CSA!

  71. Candace says:

    I love cold noodles so much! Your curry sauce sounds delicious. Thai basil is a new one for me to grow this year and I will definitely grow it again. It didn’t grow in abundance for me; but the little bit that I got was amazing. I can’t wait to give this a try….but first….the cherry cornmeal cake….mmmmhmmmm! 🙂

  72. Cara says:

    I voted for just one, but only because you made me. And because I really can’t pick a favorite, I’m not going to tell you which it was! Good luck, luv!

  73. This gave me a very distinct memory of being in college and hiding late night chinese food in the microwave so in the morning someone would find it…ugh, totally gross smell in there…bad practical joke!

  74. Dawn says:

    This looks like a good recovery from a bad sangria-no-food date. I mean, what the heck was he thinking? Also, I will vote. And 3) how is the CSA going? Do you like it? Is it challenging? Easier than you thought? Helping you be creative? And 4) You and Cara must come down and visit me in Florida.

  75. Gosh.. I love this combo so much.. I just want to eat this now!!! 🙁 Woww.. you have made me hungry 😀

  76. Those look incredible. Sometimes noodles for breakfast just hit the spot. I feel you on that! I love breakfast food…but delicious leftover dinner sometimes sweeps its spot in my diet.

  77. Gloria says:

    Joanne look nice and perfect! gloria

  78. Nadji says:

    Un plat de nouilles tout simplement délicieux.
    A très bientôt.

  79. Angela says:

    I thought the sangria date went pretty well? Why do you need something for the bad date blues? (Not that you would have to have the blues to eat those – I am totally happy right now and I would eat about five bowls full.)

  80. I just cooked from this book tonight, Joanne. 🙂 I love it so much!! Can’t wait to try these noodles now, they look amazing. 🙂

  81. looks so good and like your thinking to make food to come home to he he

  82. Evan says:

    If I could “like” this post, I could. Those chopsticks (the smooth, wooden kind) are IMPOSSIBLE to eat with, let alone eat slippery, cold noodles – A for effort though 🙂 A perfect recipe for a hot summer day…I dig it.

  83. I love cold Chinese leftovers for breakfast! I would love these noodles any time, breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  84. Lyndsey says:

    These look wonderful…I would eat that too, in a flash! So did you eat the noodles cold? Does that help for a…err…nevermind we won’t go into that 😉 This would be great in a bento lunch yummmmm!!!!

  85. Jen_from_NJ says:

    I am now seriously craving cold noodles! I could definitely make a breakfast out of this dish!

  86. Haha, those are not fun mornings! 😉 These noodles loo delish! I don’t make enough noodles, no wait yes I do. I don’t make enough Asian noodles =)

  87. I’m sure I have absolutely no idea what you mean…. at all. seriously. o.k. fine. maybe once or twice.
    love thai basil (if that’s your plant tho you need to pinch off the flowers or it will ‘go to seed’ and the leaves will turn bitter)
    on my way to vote altho they all sound awesome!

  88. vanillasugar says:

    this is literally one of my fav noodle dishes. i can enjoy this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. i make huge batches of it. and yes, for breakfast: fried egg right on top. heavenly

  89. Kelly says:

    Hee-Hee – great post!! Fantastic recipe – I love cold noodles in July and with flavourings like this, I’m heading out to the health food shop to buy me some soba pronto!

  90. Julie says:

    i bet mr. sangria would have wanted more then sangria if he knew he was waking up to noodles like that. now i’m pretty sure i’d like those noodles tomorrow morning instead of boring old oatmeal.

    voting for sweet potato obvi!

  91. Monet says:

    Now I’m about to go to bed, and I know I’ll wake up craving these cold noodles! Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight…I’m salivating…and thank you for all your kind words on my own blog. I appreciate you! Have a blessed week!

  92. Carolyn Jung says:

    Did someone wake up with a hang-over? LOL
    But then again, cold Chinese noodles are good any time — no matter how ya feel.

  93. Katie says:

    I could eat that whole bowl up right now. With a fork, though. Chopsticks aren’t my strong suit, either…:)

  94. Jeanette says:

    My oh my, I would love a bowl of these noodles for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  95. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Awee…nom-nom…Joanne I need to book my tickets right now to your house 🙂

  96. Maria says:

    This certainly sounds very tempting and tasty – I adore basil!

  97. Elizabeth says:

    I can ALWAYS do Chinese or Thai food in the morning, especially noodles. I make sesame/peanut noodles all the time but I’ve never made thai curry noodles. They look fabulous. The french fry recipes also sound delicious, I had a hard time choosing one but I had a feeling the one I chose would be in the lead.

  98. Johanna GGG says:

    what a great dish to have in the fridge – much better than a good date

    And just realised I got ahead of myself catching up and asking about the sweet potato fries flavours in your next post rather than reading this one first – thai curry peanut butter is definitely the one for me – though I am too late to vote

  99. Chris says:

    You had me until you said “eggplant”. Heck, I wasn’t even turned off by the hairy, unshaven legs (ha ha).

    But I’ll drop the eggplant and I think this will still be a fantastic side dish. It would have been perfect for the Bangkok beef kabobs I made this week.

  100. Oh my gosh, Joanne, “Be Still My Heart” over this perfect Thai recipe. If it isn’t italian on my plate, it has GOT to be Thai. I can’t wait to make this. Once again your photography is over the top too. If you have a minute, please share this over on my weekend foodie blog hop, because I PROMISE you, this will be FEATURED next week. It’s just a winner with me! Thanks for posting this!

  101. Whether midnight or early morning, these look perfect to me. I love my Thai basil plant–such great flavor in such a pretty little leaf. 😉

  102. Claudie says:

    I’m not a huge noodles fan, but if all noodles start looking like yours, I might become one 🙂 Those look delicious!

  103. Shu Han says:

    gosh that looks delicious! not to mention quick! well quick if I dont crazily decide to go pound my curry paste from scratch haha. but I must say, I love the sound of that dish!

  104. I have this Deborah Madison cookbook but never use it. If only ever recipe came with one of your photos I’d be much more likely to use it! 🙂 These noodles look amazing. I love noodles.

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