Thin rice vermicelli noodles are piled atop a saucy eggplant stir-fry so they retain their tender, fluffy texture and don’t get weighed down by the sauce. Serve this dish with lime wedges and your favorite hot sauce.
Chow fun is the Chinese name for rice noodles. We’ve called for fresh noodles here, but if you can’t find them, substitute dried rice stick noodles and prepare according to package directions. The noodles soak up the sauce quickly, so serve immediately.
Think of these rolls as noodle-wrapped salads with a dressing for dipping. Fresh rice-paper rolls are easy to make once you get the hang of softening the wrappers with warm water. Serve these rolls as an appetizer or as part of an Asian-themed meal. They make delicious take-along lunches, too!
Peppery watercress is a natural fit with Asian flavors—in fact, Asian grocery stores are good places to find inexpensive bunches of fresh watercress. Present this bright and refreshing salad on a platter to show off its beautiful colors.