You’ll love this Fried Noodles with Spam, my version of the noodles sold at Manapua trucks (street vendors) in Hawaii. Using gluten free rice noodles is the trick for the delicious flavor and texture.
Mom lived in Mililani Town, Hawaii and she misses the noodles from the Manapua trucks behind the school at lunchtime. Letting her relive those memories is one of the best things about developing new recipes.
- Is this Fried Noodles Recipe Gluten Free?
- Can You Use Ramen Noodles?
- What is Fish Cake?
- Substitution for Fish Cake
- How to Keep Green Onions from Going Bad
Is this Fried Noodles Recipe Gluten Free?
Yes! With one exception.
Rice Noodles. I love the taste and texture of rice noodles. The texture is different than regular ramen and it has the benefit of being gluten free.
Spam. According to the Hormel website, Spam is gluten free!
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Soy Sauce. A lot of soy sauce contains wheat. Good news, though! Gluten free soy sauce is now available. You can either omit the soy sauce or use gluten free.
We’ve always had Aloha Shoyu in the house, as far as I can remember. It contains gluten, but it’s mom’s favorite so it’s the only one we have. Ever. You can take the girl out of Hawaii but you can’t take the Hawaii out of the girl.
Can You Use Ramen Noodles?
If you’re not able to find Rice Noodles, or you just want to use ramen, you can substitute it easily. Use three or four bricks of ramen and cook them according to the package instructions.
What is Fish Cake?
You will usually find a little round, pink and white slice of something in saimin. Even at the McDonalds in Hawaii, you can order saimin since it’s so popular.
Fish cake is a steamed tube of ground fish paste. It’s white with a little swirl of pink. We have never found it available in our markets here. But, I have good news, if you want a substitute.
Substitution for Fish Cake
Fish cake is made from the same fish that is used to make imitation crab meat. They’re almost the same product, just packaged differently. If you buy the mock crab in sticks, you can slice it and easily pretend you have the real thing.
How to Keep Green Onions from Going Bad
When you buy a little package of green onions, it can go bad very quickly. But, I have a tip for you.
Cut off about half the green tops of each onion and place the onion in a glass jar, like you would flowers in a vase.
Fill the jar with water, up to the green portion. Change the water out once a day and you’ll have never-ending onion!
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- Medium Saucepan
- Large skillet
- 4 ounces Rice Noodles, used Thai Kitchen brand, around half a box
- 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 6 ounces Spam Lite, half a can
- 3 ounces Carrots, fresh, shredded
- 3 ounces Snow Peas, fresh
- 1 tablespoon Ginger, fresh, grated, or ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce, optional
- 4 large Eggs, soft or hard boiled
- 3 Green Onions, fresh
- Fill saucepan with water and prepare rice noodles according to package instructions.
- While the water is on the stove, cut Spam into small cubes and grate ginger. If necessary, shred carrot. Place skillet on medium heat and add sesame oil. Saute Spam, carrot, about a handful of snow peas and ginger, until vegetables are soft and spam is a little crispy on the edges, about 6-9 minutes. If the noodles aren't yet finished, turn heat to a low simmer.
- Before incorporating the noodles, remove the snow peas to a separate plate and set aside.
- Once the noodles are finished, add them to the skillet with the Spam and vegetables. Add soy sauce, optional. Toss with tongs to coat. You can add a little more sesame oil, if it isn't coating well.
- Serve with chopped green onion tops, a halved boiled egg and 3 or 4 snow peas in each bowl.
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