How to eat Healthily:Malay-style stir-fried rice noodles recipe

This is a complete dish in itself but add some garlicky greens alongside if you like.

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Serves 2

*2 bundles rice noodles
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
*1 red chilli, finely chopped (seeds left in)
*1 large red onion, peeled, halved and sliced
*2 lemongrass stalks, bashed with a rolling pin
*1 star anise
*handful curly kale, shredded
*60g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
*sea salt

For the sauce
*1½ tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
*2 teaspoons light soy sauce
*2 teaspoons honey


1. Place the rice noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with just-boiled water. Allow to soften for 5–10 minutes, then drain and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a wok or wide pan. Throw in the garlic, chilli, red onion, lemongrass and star anise, along with a pinch of salt, and stir-fry until the onion has softened and the lemongrass and star anise are becoming fragrant.

3. Add the kale and mushrooms and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes until the mushrooms and vegetables have softened.

4. Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey and 2 tablespoons water together to make a sauce.

5. Add the noodles to the vegetables and toss well, then add the sauce and toss again. Simmer for a couple of minutes and add a little salt if needed.

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