Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls
with glazed tofu / zucchini
These bowls do not include quite enough liquid to be called 'soup' but the noodles and vegetables are surrounded by enough flavorful coconut broth that you'll want to serve them in soup bowls. Top the bowls with glazed bites of tofu.
Smarts #1: Adjust the curry paste as you go. Start with the lower amount and add more at any point to give the broth more spice and flavor.
- Bell peppers, red - 1, thinly sliced
- Zucchini - 12 oz, cubed
- Lemongrass - 2 stalks, finely diced (sub 1 tsp lemongrass paste / stalk)
- Ginger, fresh - 1 tsp, grated
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Curry paste, red - 1-3 Tbsp, more or less to taste
- Coconut milk, light (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
- Stock, any type - 4 cups
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
- Rice noodles - 6 oz (use thicker Pad Thai-style noodles or thin rice vermicelli; sub ramen or soba)
- Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz, 1/2” / 1.3 cm cubes (vacuum-packed preferable)
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Water - 2 Tbsp
- Mirin - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
- Cornstarch - 1/2 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Sesame seeds, white - 1 tsp
- Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first, like in this video. Then slice into 1/2” / 1.3 cm thick cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Make glaze - Whisk together soy sauce (portion for tofu), water, mirin, honey, toasted sesame oil, and cornstarch. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Bell peppers / Zucchini / Lemongrass / Ginger - Prep as directed. Combine bell peppers and zucchini in one container. Combine lemongrass and ginger in a second container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
- Heat a Dutch oven or large saute pan with cooking oil (for noodle bowls) over medium heat. Add bell peppers and zucchini with some salt. Saute until vegetables are starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add lemongrass, ginger, and curry paste. Saute until fragrant, ~1 minute.
- Add coconut milk, stock, soy sauce (portion for noodle bowls), and sugar and stir well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavors develop while preparing tofu.
- While soup simmers, heat a nonstick pan with cooking oil (portion for tofu) over medium heat. Add tofu in a single layer and let cook until golden brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip tofu and cook until it is golden brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes total.
- Give glaze a stir and pour over tofu. Cook tofu, turning gently, until it is coated in glaze, 3 to 4 minutes more.
- Transfer tofu to a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Return to simmering soup and add noodles (break them apart if needed to help submerge them in liquid). Cook noodles according to package directions.
- When noodles are cooked, remove from heat and squeeze half the lime wedges into the broth. Taste and season with more sugar, soy sauce, or lime juice if needed.
- Divide noodles and broth between serving bowls. Top with tofu and cilantro. Serve extra lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
This is best if the noodles are made separately and added when you're ready to eat, especially for leftovers.0 Helpful
Absolutely loved this! So tasty and easy. Only used 20ml curry paste and was hot enough! That tofu was incredible! Definitely a favourite now0 Helpful
Really good, but I deviated from the recipe by marinating chicken in glaze minus the cornstarch. I browned the chicken first then added seasonings and leftover marinade. I also used regular coconut milk instead of lite. I added the veggies in the last few minutes of cooking to maintain some crispness and color.0 Helpful
So delicious! Was going to make the veg version but it was missing the fish sauce, added a few shakes and it really elevated the flavor. Used 3tbsp of curry paste. Loved every bite. The tofu was excellent.0 Helpful
I enjoyed this meal, though I should have used a bigger pan than I did for the tofu. Tight squeeze to fit all the pieces in my medium-sized skillet. I subbed lemon zest from 1 lemon for the lemongrass as my store didn't have any. Great flavor and loved the tofu!0 Helpful
Super good! Go easy on the curry paste, it’s spicy! You can always go back and add more. Added this one to the favorites list.0 Helpful