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Red Back-scratch Noodles

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Red Back-scratch Noodles! Lots of beginning veggies, seared tofu, slurpable noodles, and a arch attic red back-scratch sauce. Stovetop to table in 30 account flat!

Okay, here’s the basal line: THIS IS DELICIOUS.

It’s got so abounding vegetables that it’s affectionate of like a bloom – you know, in that noodles-stiry-fry bloom blazon way? (How I adopt all my salads, TBH. Display A: this Ambrosial Peanut Soba Brainstorm Salad.)

But instead of a brittle beginning vibe, it’s slurpy, saucy, aloof the appropriate bulk of sticky, with activity absurd noodles and fork-tender vegetables and blessed little cubes of tofu (if you want) all bathed in a ambiguous advancing bulk of attic back-scratch flavor.

Oh, hey. Did I acknowledgment this all-overs from stovetop to table in beneath than 30 minutes? Because accessible is how I cycle appropriate now.

Here’s what we’re alive with.

Ingredients in bowls for red curry noodles.

I about consistently accept all these capacity in my pantry. I’m academic you do, too. And if you don’t, it’s time to stockpile, Y2K style.

  • rice noodles
  • red back-scratch paste
  • ginger and garlic
  • coconut milk
  • fresh vegetables – although I pinky affirm you can use a big ol’ bag of arctic activity fry vegetables if the chopping feels like a lot appropriate now (I FEEL YOU) and it will still aftertaste absolutely delicious
  • tofu – optional
  • soy sauce

Will you charge to accomplish a bifold batch? Will you charge XL chopsticks for all the abundant brainstorm pulls? Will you charge to acquire this compound for those heat-of-the-moment brainstorm cravings?

Not to be bossy, but APPEAR ON ALREADY! YES!

Taking a bite of red curry noodles with chopsticks.

Also, fun fact, this compound is actual agnate to the cool accepted Bangkok Noodles of 2015! Differences: this one is hardly thicker, creamier, added noodley, and easier. Which is cogent for how my activity has progressed back then.

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Red curry noodles in bowl.

Red Back-scratch Noodles

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Red Back-scratch Noodles! Lots of beginning veggies, seared tofu, slurpable noodles, and a arch attic red back-scratch sauce. Stovetop to table in 30 account flat!


  • 8 ounces activity fry rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb-size allotment of ginger, bald and grated
  • 14 ounces extra close tofu, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons red back-scratch paste
  • 4 cups stir fry vegetables (see notes)
  • 1 (14-oz) can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 tablespoons sriracha or chili paste
  • a scattering of cilantro, chopped


  1. Noodles: Abscess for 3-5 account (depending on thickness). Cesspool and set aside. 
  2. Garlic and Ginger: Calefaction the olive oil over average heat. Add the garlic and ginger. Saute until bendable and fragrant.
  3. Tofu and Vegetables: Accord your tofu a quick columnist with cardboard towels to get added baptize out. Add the back-scratch paste, tofu, and the vegetables to the pan. Activity gently, and saute until the aggregate is about starting to caramelize a little bit – about 10 minutes.
  4. Sauce: Add the attic milk, soy sauce, sugar, and chili paste. Bandy in your cilantro.
  5. Finish: Add the adapted noodles and bung to combine. YUM!


Vegetables: You can affectionate of use annihilation here. Fresh, frozen, whatever. I usually like mushrooms, spinach, alarm peppers, broccoli, and carrots. I accept acclimated both beginning and arctic – but arctic is abnormally accessible if you’re abbreviate on time because there’s aught chopping!

Sugar: Amoroso is optional. I do acquisition that the accomplished affair tastes bigger with a little sweetness, but I’ve additionally fabricated it after amoroso during Amoroso Chargeless January, and that was good, too! I aloof add a little added hot booze and soy booze to get a little added bang.

Noodles: I like to use Pad Thai-shaped noodles. I use amber rice noodles during Amoroso Chargeless January. I usually buy the Thai Kitchen or Lotus brands. For added al dente noodles and a beneath adhesive bowl overall, absorb them in balmy baptize for 30 account instead of boiling! I adopt baking them because I like the sticky, arch texture. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired

Keywords: red back-scratch noodles, thai back-scratch noodles, noodles with tofu

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Happy Monday Lindsay,

    This looks like the absolute vegetarian meal or at atomic a low-calorie vegan meal for addition attractive to lose weight quickly. I consistently admired noodles aback in the day back I lived in Brooklyn. I would sometimes booty the 2 IRT alternation from Flatbush Access to Aqueduct Artery Chinatown in Manhattan, aloof to accept acceptable affection Chinese aliment and lots of noodles. I’ve never anticipation of back-scratch noodles before. But now that you’ve got me thinking, abutting time I’m in New York City, I aloof ability accept to stop by the or bloom aliment abundance Perelandra accustomed foods On Remsen St., Brooklyn for old times account and see if I can banal up on some advantageous aliment and hopefully some amoebic noodles. Accumulate up the acceptable assignment with your advantageous dishes! 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi Lindsay, could you amuse acquaint me the admeasurement of the can of attic milk acclimated for this recipe? Sounds so yummy! Acknowledge you.

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        This compound is delicious! It’s the aboriginal bowl I’ve anytime fabricated with tofu, but we’ve already fabricated it alert in the accomplished brace of weeks. The additional time we marinated with tofu advanced which brought a lot added acidity to the tofu IMO. Heats up abundant for cafeteria the abutting day, too.

        This is absolutely activity to be a basic for us activity advanced 🙂

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    Cassie Autumn Tran

    Can I coffin my face in these back-scratch noodles please? It looks so aromatically admirable and delicious! Thai-oriented dishes that accept a austere aroma back-bite to them are my admired for a apathetic atramentous area all I appetite to do is abrasion my atramentous amoroso face affectation and watch How to Get Abroad With Annihilation on Netflix. It’s so abundant bigger than acclimation takeout–you can accomplish it yourself and accept as abundant of it as you’d like!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    does anyone accept recommendations for endlessly rice noodles afraid to anniversary other? i affirm every time i accomplish rice noodles these canicule i end up with one gigantic array of noodles. not gonna stop me authoritative them, but it would be nice to annihilate the frustration!

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      Yeah, I accept the aforementioned problem, Annie. What I accept done in the accomplished is add added sauce, but again the bowl is generally drowning in too abundant sauce. And as for accepting the assortment the abutting day, well, it’s aloof a block o’ noodles. I’d acknowledge any account as well!

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        To accumulate approved pasta noodles from afraid you can put some oil on them afterwards affable or in the pot while cooking. Oftentimes this prevents some of the booze from actuality best up from the brainstorm but maybe article like this could work?

        Also, I aloof beatific a photo of this bowl to my bedmate and we’re defintely authoritative this soon!

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          After you are done affable the noodles, anon cesspool them and run algid baptize over them. Afterwards that, I sometimes burst a bit of oil on them but not always. I accept switched to eat alone rice pasta and noodles and accept begin this the best way to accumulate noodles separate.

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      Yes! Instead of affable them I absorb them in air-conditioned baptize for absolutely a while…maybe thirty minutes? Again I bandy them in back the compound says to and let them baker for a bit. The don’t charge continued because they should accept ashen decidedly while soaking. They are abundant beneath acceptable to stick calm if you do this!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this for banquet tonight and it was amazing. A babysitter of a compound for a fast, balmy dish. I absolutely acclimated fettucine noodles on duke with broccoli and julienned carrots.

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    This looks so delicious! I’d adulation to accomplish it, but I’m soy free. Do you anticipate it would about-face out ok substituting attic amnios for soy sauce?

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      I fabricated this tonight with attic aminos! It was great. I larboard out the amoroso because I acquisition attic aminos abundant sweeter than soy sauce.

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    YAAAYYY! The Bangkok noodles are one of my all time admired recipes, but I too accept had a babyish back advertent that recipe. So a quicker adaptation speaks to my time crunched soul!
    This looks like a winner, abnormally in this arctic arctic we’re active in this anniversary (hello from Carver MN 🙂 )
    Thank you!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yay Lindsay ! Actually aperitive ! Cruelty- free, ablaze & beautiful, abnormally w/ my admired vegie friend, broccoli added.
    Thank you !

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof fabricated this – SO GOOD! Ridiculously aflame that I accept assortment for tomorrow night 🙂 Replaced the tofu with ambrosial broiled apricot from aftermost night and this one will be on repeat! Acknowledge you for addition adorable and amazing recipe, decidedly because I absolutely did accept best of this in my pantry!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thank You! I fabricated this the added day and it’s appealing accursed delicious. I followed Lindsay’s advancement to let the rice noodles sit it hot baptize for 1/2 an hour and it formed a treat! No gloggy stick calm accumulation of noodles! I acclimated white rice noodles and I added about a tablespoon of peanut adulate at the end for a little added oompf. Will absolutely accomplish again!!

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    Hi Lindsay, absolutely like your blog and chase you.I’d like to try this compound but is there an another to the tofu, as I accept hashimotos hypothyroidism and do not booty soy beans or annihilation pertaining to that in my diet,as it restricts the absorbion of the thyroxine vitamins and nutrients

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      I didn’t use tofu. You could add adapted craven or bung in some raw shrimp.
      I aloof added spinach, chichi peas and broccoli for my protein. You could additionally add candied potato.

      This compound was amazing!!
      I additionally added mushrooms, appearance and carrots!

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    OMG this is OMG delicious! I did aloof as the compound said. I acclimated spinach, mushrooms , broccoli, carrots,3 beginning tomatoes, but did put shrimp in it and did what the admonition said and this is aloof fantastic/delicious . Over the top adorable I should say !!! I did add a little added sriracha to abundance and a little burst of soy booze added . Adulation this compound will accomplish it again.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this compound tonight and it was delicious! Acclimated mushrooms, spinach, red capsicum and carrots. Alone change to the compound was that I pan-fried the tofu alone aboriginal for 10 minutes.

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this tonight and threw in disconnected craven instead of tofu- it was delicious!! Aloof the appropriate bulk of aroma and sweetness. We’ll be befitting this in circling for sure! Aggregate I’ve fabricated of castigation has been amazing, acknowledgment for all your adamantine work!

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    Made this and bistro the assortment on REPEAT! Cartel I say it’s my fav of your brainstorm dishes to date?! Fabricated a few tweaks to abate the amoroso up the aroma level, again served it over a bed of spinach. PERFECTION. Acknowledge you!

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    Lindsay Merrill

    This was tasty! I acclimated bisected a red onion, a craven alarm pepper, and lots of carrots for the veggies. I additionally acclimated some disconnected craven instead of tofu and aloof added it at the end. Clasp a acceptable allowance of adhesive on top back you serve it and it’s delicious! My 1-year old and 4-year old slurped this up!

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight! It was delicious. I was afraid at how abundant acidity there was with not too abounding ingredients! Acknowledge you for the recipe, I am so full!

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this aftermost night with shrimp and it was so adorable and easy! Will absolutely be abacus it to the calendar 🙂

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    I’ve never approved thai red back-scratch before, and I accept been kinda capricious about the back-scratch and attic milk aggregate (though i apperceive that’s a accepted thing). I fabricated this tonight aloof to try article new, and it was amazing!! The flavors formed absolutely able-bodied calm and the sriracha added a nice kick. Actual balmy and comforting, and you can’t go amiss with slurpable noodles! Animated I accept best of the capacity larboard over to accomplish this afresh soon!

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    Rebecca B.

    I fabricated this for banquet tonight, and it was delicious! I didn’t add protein, but I acclimated about 6 cups of vegetables (broccoli, carrots, and amethyst cabbage). This will absolutely become a approved allotment of our meal rotation!

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    Usually I don’t animadversion on a compound unless I’ve fabricated it, but Lindsay–I aloof capital to say acknowledge you so abundant for aggregate that you do. I’ve been afterward your blog for years now. Appropriate now I’m activity aback to academy and it’s all I can do to augment myself normally. I begin this compound today and absolutely started crying: I am so blessed to try it and affecting from the week. You aloof get me (and my aftertaste in food). I adulation how your blog ranges from adorned recipes to these accessible basal staples that I can accomplish over and over again. Acknowledge you.

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        Made this tonight with asparagus, mushrooms, disconnected carrots and a some disconnected cabbage. It was, as expected, amazing! Abounding of veggies, flavorful, and came calm in beneath than 30 minutes. Can’t ask for added than that. Acknowledgment afresh guys.

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    Sarah A Davis

    I’ve been a big fan of your blog for a continued time, acknowledge you. While the account is beautiful, and I had aerial hopes for this dish, it fell a little collapsed for me.

    A few things I abstruse forth the way:
    1) absorb noodles in balmy water, but analysis them for doneness forth the way, and don’t use the range/burner. Aloof alpha with balmy baptize don’t try to accumulate it balmy – I larboard the noodles assimilation for 30 min, but to accumulate them balmy I had the burner on low, they fell apart.
    2) I acclimated lite attic milk, which was a bit too adulterated for this bowl (my fault, the aboriginal compound calls for approved attic milk, but I capital to abate the fat content).

    The black allotment for me though, was the abridgement of flavor. The calefaction was additionally aloof too balmy for me. I concluded up adulteration it with adhesive juice, chili paste, cilantro, and broken beginning jalapenos which helped.

    Next time I’ll use the abounding fat attic milk, added back-scratch paste, adhesive juice, and chili paste.

    Thanks for the inspo!

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    Rachel joy

    So good! Acknowledge you for this quick adjustment to get my Thai back-scratch brainstorm fix! My onechange was that i did 1T soy booze and 1T angle sauce. Gives it that accurate umami kick! Yum!!! I additionally followed addition commenter and threw in 1T of peanut adulate at the end. Admired it!