Obsessively Craving Noodles

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“I.  Want.  Noodles.”

That’s how I felt when I woke up one day this past week.  I wanted noodles, darn it, and that’s what I was going to have.  Not just any noodles, though; I wanted rice vermicelli.  A whole box of it had been hanging around in the cabinets for the better part of a month, but I hadn’t yet found anything to do with it that sounded right.  But on Wednesday, I just had to have those noodles.

Thanks to Robin Robertson’s Vegan Planet (and a last-minute trip to the grocery store), I found the recipe I needed to fulfill my craving.

vietnamese chickpeas noodles veggies

Looks awesome, no?  It’s a Vietnamese-inspired concoction with veggies, chickpeas, and a silken-tofu-coconut-milk sauce.  The majority of the flavor comes from curry powder which, unfortunately, I haven’t yet found a nicely hot variety of.  At some point I’m going to have to make a special trip to the Indian store near the mall for authentic spices!

curry coconut sauce
I love the color that curry powder imparts to things, though.  The sauce was milky white when it was in the blender, but once it hit the pan it developed a yellowish color I’ve come to associate with Indian food.  That made it easy to see when all of the noodles had been properly coated later on.  According to the recipe, you’re supposed to put them in a serving bowl and dump the sauce and veggies on top, but I figure, why dirty up another dish?  Especially since I’m the dishwasher in the Quantum Vegan household…

vietnamese chickpeas veggies coconut sauce
A sprinkling of sliced scallions and crushed peanuts made a nice final touch for the meal.  Personally I think a few sprigs of fresh cilantro wouldn’t have gone amiss, either.  All in all, I got to have my rice noodles and eat them, too.  One thing I like about rice vermicelli is that you can eat a huge bowl of it and not feel like you’ve swallowed a bowling ball.  It’s very light and takes well to so many flavors.  Plus my family also loves noodles, so there are no complaints when I decide on a recipe like this for dinner!

Question for the comments: What do you do when you have a craving that needs fulfilling?  Do you give in and satisfy it or look for another way to deal?


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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