Curry Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry

March 31, 2008 | Chuck
Curry Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry

After making fried eggs and shrimp, I needed to do something with the extra tomatoes and red onion. I looked in the fridge and saw some tofu and fresh egg noodles that we often pick up at the local Asian supermarket. With a few other ingredients, I whipped up this super easy curry tofu noodle stir-fry.

We enjoyed the dish so much, I made it again a few days later. The first time, I added a little too much hot curry powder for Hungry Bear's taste. My heat tolerance is off the charts, so it was mild for me. The next time I made it, I threw in a little coconut cream to soothe the heat and sweet petite peas for some color.

The main flavors of the dish came from the curry powder and a little sweetness from the tomatoes and coconut cream. If you like a sweet heat, add the coconut cream. We actually preferred it without the cream. At the store down the street, we can find a plethora of fresh egg noodles. I've made the dish with thick, round noodles and thin, flat noodles (pictures 3 and 4 in the slideshow). We liked the thin, flat noodles better.

It's a simple but flavorful dish that can be prepared in less than 20 minutes. And it was a great way for us to clean out the fridge.

Curry Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry

Natural Light versus Lowel Ego Light

Another thing I want to point out in the slideshow is the last three pictures. I picked up a set of Lowel Ego lights after Jaden of Steamy Kitchen recommended them. The third to last picture is a shot of the noodle dish with natural lighting (kitchen window). I use the Lowel Ego lights in the last two pictures in the slideshow.

The pictures with the Ego lights are decent, particularly the close-up shot (last picture). The Ego lights are a little harsh compared with natural light, which is softer and more pleasant. This was my first time using the lights, so I'm sure I can improve the picture quality with better light placement. Overall, I'm pleased with the Ego lights, but I need to play with them a little more.


Curry Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry Recipe


SND Note: Soft or medium tofu can be used. We prefer soft tofu, which breaks down and almost becomes a sauce for the noodles. Medium tofu will remain in small chunks as seen in the pictures. If you don't have hot curry powder, substitute 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder with 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. Any type of noodles (ramen, spaghetti or rice noodles) can be substituted for the fresh egg noodles.

Ingredients
  • 28 ounces (2 packages) soft or medium tofu, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 10-12 ounces tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Indian hot curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream (optional)
  • 1 pound (16 oz) fresh thin egg noodles, cooked
Directions
  1. Drain tofu and blot dry with paper towel. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch square cubes and set aside.
  2. In a large wok, heat oil over high heat. Add onions and stir-fry until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and stir-fry until softened, about 2 minutes. Mix in sugar, fish sauce, curry powder, salt and coconut cream. Add tofu and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, allowing flavors to penetrate.
  3. Add egg noodles and mix all ingredients. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings

[tags]curry, tofu, noodles, stir fry, easy, tomatoes, red onions, peas[/tags]

12 Comments on “Curry Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry”

  1. My favorite type of recipe — noodles with whatever you find in the fridge. Penzeys sells a very nice hot curry powder.

  2. Meena said:

    This looks delicious! I love a good spicy noodle dish, it’s simple and quick enough to whip up on a busy weeknight. Good going with those lights, i was thinking of getting them myself too.

  3. kickpleat said:

    yum, looks like a perfect dinner for a weeknight!

  4. With a few twists, this makes a really nice vegan meal! I’ll have to try!

  5. I like the comparative pictures. Nothing beats natural light. Unfortunately, I have such bad lighting in my house! :( And ego lights are too pricy for me.

    The naturally-lit bowl of noodles looks warm and inviting. The others just look OK. I noticed the napkin though. You’re really starting to style your food. :)

  6. Awesome!

    try putting the lights further away and make sure you use a reflector to reflect light back in another angle. bah! I can’t explain. Email me and I’ll send you photo of setup

  7. Allen said:

    Jaden and Chuck are going to get me in trouble … you’re tempting me to buy more equipment :-)

    Currently, I have one of those photo tents which I used for photographing items when I was a seller on eBay. I set it up on our dining room table and point a few lights at it, but the lights just aren’t powerful enough to hit the right level of brightness for my tastes. I’m annoyed that my photos look too gray. It’s also clunky/bulky to use.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Chuck said:

    Lydia, I love making new dishes with leftovers in the fridge. They usually aren’t the prettiest meals, but the flavors are sure to be a hit.

    Meena and kickpleast, it’s definitely an easy thing to make on a busy weeknight!

    Alice, oh yeah, I forgot the egg noodles aren’t vegan.

    WC, yeah, we are styling a little more these days. We are still trying to keep it simple, but it gets boring looking at the same dark background over and over. Hungry Bear is the official SND food stylist.

    Steamy Kitchen, thanks, I’ll shoot you a note.

    Allen, sorry for the temptation. It’s the best lighting I’ve used for night time shots to date. Compared to other lighting setups, the Ego lights are relatively inexpensive.

  9. that’s the problem of being a flogger, there are always little leftover ingredients here and there…it happens to me all the time, too, but great job in using up the ingredients with this wonderful noodle dish. By the way, I still prefer the 3rd last picture with natural light…somehow the lighting kit made the pictures look “flat.” I love soft natural lighting the best…

  10. Rosalina said:

    This looks good and yummy. I have got a basic fried rice recipe here to share if anyone is keen. Need to learn how to enhance my pictures of food taken. http://blog.asianfoodnetwork.n.....nd-simple/

  11. mimi said:

    hi there, great recipe and lovely blog! i actually just received my new SLR and lowel lights and am currently spending all my waking hours fiddling around (school work? oh yeah, forgot about that). i also found the lights to be a little too bright at first, but it’s all a very fun learning process :)

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