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I’m a little bit of a noodle/pasta fanatic. I think if my thighs would allow for it, I would eat noodles and pasta every.single.day. There’s just something so cozy and comforting about carbs, you know? So today we have one of my favorite Thai dishes, this Thai Yellow Curry Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms! I love this dish so so much. It’s so warming and satisfying and it’s mostly pescatarian, and even vegan if you use my mushroom sauce substitution (at the end of the recipe) instead of the shrimp paste/anchovy paste/fish sauce in the ingredient list. If you go the vegan route, the flavors will be slightly different, but it’ll be just as tasty, I promise.

For the longest time making my own curry pastes seemed really daunting and intimidating, especially because of the laundry list of ingredients, but after a good amount of research I realized the process itself is quite simple and it’s mostly all about getting great flavor going within your paste, which is the foundation of this recipe. I tend to use a lot of asian ingredients, so I had most of the ingredients on hand already, but if you don’t a quick trip to your local market (with maybe the exception of fresh lemongrass…this always seems to be hit or miss) or asian market should have everything you need.

You can also add other things to this dish to bulk it up, like diced potatoes, cauliflower, bamboo shoots…honestly whatever you want! I kept today’s version pretty simple since it’s mostly about the super flavor packed yellow curry paste! This recipe makes more curry paste than you’ll need for the noodles, which is nice because you can store the remaining amount for another couple uses. This paste is also pretty versatile and you can brush some onto a protein of choice like fish or chicken for roasting for grilling. You can also add some broth or stock to this recipe and make more of a noodle soup which I do from time to time, when I want something extra cozy. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
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Thai Yellow Curry Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms

Makes 8 ounces yellow curry paste + Serves 4

Ingredients:
yellow curry paste:
2 large shallots, quartered
6 garlic cloves
1 3 inch piece peeled ginger
2, 1 inch pieces lemongrass each sliced in half lengthwise
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons shrimp paste (or anchovy paste OR mushroom sauce*)
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
pinch cinnamon
12 dried Thai chiles (birds eye chiles), seeded and soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves and stems, plus more leaves for garnish

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
2 (15 ounce cans) coconut milk (not lite coconut milk)
1 tablespoons fish sauce (or mushroom sauce*)
1 lime, juiced
12 ounces lo mein noodles
salt to taste, as needed

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
2. yellow curry paste: Place shallots, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass over a sheet of foil and drizzle with oil and lightly season with salt.
3. Wrap foil into a tight bundle, place directly onto a rack in the oven and lightly roast ingredients for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, open bundle and transfer to a food processor. Allow mixture to cool, about 10 minutes.
4. Add remaining paste ingredients into the food processor and pulse 6 to 8, times before fully pureeing until mixture is thick and smooth. Set aside.
5. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add noodles and boil until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with a little cold water and set aside.
6. In the same pot heat oil over medium-high heat. Ad mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Lower heat to medium and add a third of the curry paste (place remaining paste in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks). Toast paste with the mushroom for 1 to 2 minutes.
8. Stir in coconut milk until mixture is smooth and bring to a simmer. Stir in fish sauce (or mushroom sauce) and lime juice and simmer for 5 minutes.
9. Add noodles and toss together until fully coated. Simmer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
10. Adjust seasonings, if needed, top with cilantro and serve.

**Vegan Fish Sauce (aka Fortified Mushroom Sauce)**
Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients: 4 cups water, 2/3 cup tamari, 1 large sheet (about 5”x 8”) kombu, 8 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms, 5 garlic cloves, crushed with the back of a knife, pinch white pepper

Pour all ingredients into a large pot and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture has reduced by about 1/3. Remove from heat, cover and steep for 4 to 8 hours. Strain and store liquid in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 2 weeks.

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