Thai Curry Noodle Soup in a Jar
This easy-to-make and easy-to-take noodle jar is perfect for a delicious, healthy lunch. Just add the ingredients to the jar, take it with you, and add boiling water when you're ready to eat.
- 1 ounce dry rice sticks pad Thai noodles, to yield about 3/4 cup softened noodles
- 2-3 cups boiling water plus 3/4 cup for serving
- 1/4 cup kale ribbons
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup cooked tofu cubes or sliced rotisserie chicken
- 1 green onion thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons Thai curry paste see notes
- 2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream
Place the dry rice sticks (noodles) into a medium bowl. Add 2-3 cups boiling water to cover the noodles. Let stand 8-10 minutes, or until softened. (Note - when the noodles are softened they shouldn't be mushy, but will be more al dente.) Drain and rinse in cool water.
In a pint (16-ounce) canning jar or another container with tight-fitting lid, layer the softened noodles, kale ribbons, shredded carrots, tofu (or chicken), and sliced green onion. Gently press down as you layer so there is enough room for all of the ingredients. Add the curry paste, tamari, and coconut cream to the jar. Seal the jar or container. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To prepare: Pour 3/4 cup boiling water into the jar. Replace the lid and let stand for 5-7 minutes to allow all of the ingredients to heat up. Open and stir well, then eat!
-For more flavor, 3/4 cup broth can be used in place of the water when preparing the noodles.
-Feel free to substitute your favorite protein for the tofu or chicken, and swap other veggies for the kale and carrots.
-For extra crunch, add 1-2 tablespoons chopped peanuts or cashews after adding the hot liquid to the jar.
-Thai curry paste comes in several varieties - yellow, green, panang, red, and massaman. It can be found in most grocery stores in the Asian section, or in specialty markets. I used yellow curry paste, which is vegetarian. Use whichever you can find or like best. The different kinds of paste will vary in spiciness, so if needed, start with 1 teaspoon and add extra to taste.
-Rice sticks or pad Thai noodles can also be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores or in specialty markets. They come in S, M, and L. I used M for this recipe.
-This recipe makes one jar. Feel free to make 5 times the amount so you have enough for the whole week. If you prefer a larger lunch, double the recipe and use a larger jar.