Have you ever had Singapore noodles? Contrary to the name, they are not from Singapore at all, but actually a popular dish served at Chinese restaurants! It’s traditionally made with BBQ pork and shrimp, and has fish sauce in it, so it’s not the most veggie-friendly dish to order out. But, an easy one to make at home!
For me, the dish is all about the sauce–it’s essentially a curry flavored Chinese noodle stir fry. Two of my favorite cuisines (I probably say that of all the cuisines), Indian and Chinese, in one flavor packed dish!
So I can’t say I make the most traditional version of this dish, since I don’t bother substituting the meat or the fish sauce. The dish is also traditionally made with rice vermicelli noodles, which I may or may not use, depending on what I have in my pantry!
This is a super versatile stir fry, and our go-to dish when we’re running low on produce and pantry items and are feeling super busy or lazy. It’s ready within 30 minutes AT MOST, is easily scaled up to feed more if you need (though I’d probably fry in batches in that case).
We use whatever produce we have, or maybe just onion if we’re out of everything else. For protein you could throw in fried tofu or seitan, chickpeas or soy curls. It doesn’t seem to matter what you put in the recipe, as long as you have some kind of noodles and that sauce it comes out amazing!
The sauce is a simple 6 ingredients. Soy sauce (use tamari if gluten free), shaoxing chinese cooking wine (you can substitute sherry wine or sherry vinegar), agave nectar (or maple syrup or just a bit of sugar), toasted sesame oil, an Indian curry powder, and white pepper.
All of those ingredients can be found at your regular supermarket, with the exception of the Chinese wine, which would require a specialty asian grocery store. However, you can, and I have, substitute sherry for a delicious dish.
If you do go out of your way to find shaoxing wine it’s well worth it, plus you can use it in so many recipes, including my broccoli and tofu stir fry with black bean sauce! The sauce ingredients combine to form a super flavorful stir fry, best when combined with onion and a healthy dose of both garlic and chilies.
The final dish is super spicy (seed your chiles and/or use less if you don’t like your food to be spicy–or add more chilies if you want it to be burn your mouth hot), super flavorful. Super quick to make, super adaptable to whatever you have in your pantry and fridge, basically all around super!
I hope you try making your own Singapore noodles and that the recipe becomes as much of a staple dish in your home as it is in ours! If you do make it, let me know and tell me what veggies you used! Leave a comment and/or rate the recipe below, tag me on Instagram (or #thecuriouschickpea), or share with me on Facebook! Happy eating!
ETA: I gave this dish a refresh with new photos and an updated and streamlined recipe. The original recipe used udon noodles which are not traditional, and makes the dish gluten-full. Traditional Singapore noodles are made with rice vermicelli which the new photos and recipe reflect. Make sure to use a gluten free soy sauce (like Tamari) if you are avoiding gluten. This photo also reflects real life: I love the versatility of this curry Chinese sauce and noodle stir fry, and will use it in combination with whatever noodles and produce I have in my pantry and fridge!
- Make the dish gluten free by using a gluten-free tamari for the soy sauce
- Use whatever vegetables you have, we’ve made the dish with baby corn, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflower, green beans, kale, bok choy, zucchini, well, you get the picture. Just make sure to add veggies you want to cook a little more when you’d put in the cabbage and veggies you want barely cooked in at the time of the sugar snap peas.
- Add some protein to this dish if you’d like. Stir fry some shredded tofu, add some seitan or beans. Crumble in some tempeh. It’s really up to you!
Vegan Singapore Noodles
A vegan take on the popular Chinese stir fried noodle dish spiced with curry powder.
- 10 oz uncooked rice vermicelli (mai fun), or noodles of choice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp shaoxing chinese cooking wine, or sherry
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp agave nectar or coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
- 4 green chiles, minced, more or less to taste, deseeded for less heat
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced in half moons
- 15 sugar snap peas, thinly sliced on bias
- 1 small carrot, julienned
- 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- scallions, for garnish, optional
- lime wedges, to serve
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a small bowl or a liquid measuring cup mix together the sauce ingredients: soy sauce, chinese wine, toasted sesame oil, agave nectar, curry powder, white pepper, garlic, and chilies. Set aside.
- Heat a wok over high heat. Add the oil and onion when hot and fry 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the onion is charred and soft.
- Add the cabbage and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring almost constantly, until it is wilted and lightly charred. Add the sugar snap peas, carrots, and bell pepper and cook for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes until the vegetables have charred a little.
- Add the noodles and the sauce and fry for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly to distribute sauce and prevent sticking.
- Squeeze fresh lime wedges over the noodles to serve and garnish with sliced scallions or additional minced chiles if desired.
You can cook the stir fry in a large skillet, but cooking times will be a bit longer. Cook over medium-high heat and expect to up to double the cook time.
Wednesday 17th of June 2020
whoa! I made this but 1/4 tsp white pepper is way too much for me, I will use 1/8 tsp next time, otherwise, delicious recipe, thank-you!
Thursday 28th of November 2019
This looks so delicious! I'd like to try it with tofu - would you recommend marinating the tofu in the sauce or something similar beforehand? Thanks!
Thursday 6th of December 2018
This was excellent! I left out the chilis (our kids don't like spice), but it still had good kick with the curry. We'll be making this again soon! Thanks!
Friday 7th of December 2018
I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe Molly!
Saturday 28th of April 2018
What kind of green chiles did you use? TIA
Sunday 29th of April 2018
I’ll use Thai chiles (sometimes they’re red and that’s cool too) if I can find them, otherwise serrano chiles are good and also typically less hot.
Friday 13th of April 2018
Looks so yummm! If I may ask which brand of curry powder did you use here?
Friday 13th of April 2018
We used one from the Indian grocery store, SWAD brand. And we love the madras curry powder in particular. I also really enjoy Whole Foods vindaloo curry powder, though the flavor is quite different. Any should work nicely!