Vegetarian Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles are one of our go-to’s when we get a craving for Chinese takeout. With plenty of curry powder and thin rice noodles, it’s a family favorite. In fact, Singapore Noodles is one of the dishes we use to gauge how good a Chinese takeout joint is!

A Vegetarian Version of a Family Favorite

But one of the best things about this vegetarian Singapore noodles recipe is that it can be easily made for your vegetarian and vegan friends and family by omitting the standard trio of Chinese roast pork, shrimp and eggs you’ll find in the classic Singapore Noodles, or Singapore Mei Fun.

And It Happens to be Gluten-Free!

What’s more, for those of you who don’t already know it, mei fun (sometimes spelled mai fun) noodles are a thin rice noodle that can be found totally gluten-free! (Some brands can sometimes contain small amounts of wheat flour and wheat starch, so be sure to check the ingredients list.)

And since this recipe doesn’t call for any soy sauce, the entire recipe can easily be made gluten-free as well. Quite the happy accident, as we know many of our readers have trouble finding gluten-free noodle recipes that don’t rely on soy sauce.

But even if you’re not vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, these Vegetarian Singapore Noodles are still a great option for light dinners, meatless Mondays, or when you’re looking to eat a bit healthier. You won’t be disappointed!

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Vegetarian Singapore Noodles: Recipe Instructions

In a large bowl, soak the mei fun dried rice noodles in 8 cups of hot water for 30 to 45 minutes. Drain the rice noodles in a colander and set aside.

Prepare the vegetables and set them aside. The dish comes together quickly, so it helps to put them on plates ready to go by the stove. If using dried mushrooms, soak them for at least 30 minutes in hot water. (For other tips, see our Chinese Dried and Preserved Ingredients page.) When preparing the fresh leeks, they should be julienned first and then washed 2 to 3 times, as they are quite sandy.

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Combine 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1½ tablespoons Malaysian curry powder (preferred) or a Madras curry powder, 2 teaspoons salt, 1¼ teaspoons sugar, and ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper. Set aside.

Heat your wok to medium heat, and add ¼ cup of vegetable oil around the perimeter of the wok.

Stir the garlic into the oil…

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And immediately add the Shiitake mushrooms, bell pepper, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and ⅔ of your leeks. Turn the heat up to the highest setting.

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Stir-fry everything together for 1 minute, and add the spices you prepared earlier along with 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine.

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Next, add the mei fun dried rice noodles and stir fry everything together for another 5-6 minutes until well combined and the rice noodles are warmed through.

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Cover the wok for 1 minute if you feel it’s not hot enough or if the noodles are not lightly sizzling. A quiet wok at this point means there’s not enough heat! If your stove heat is not very strong, warming the noodles may take longer, and they may start to dry out. If this happens, add 2 tablespoons of water around the perimeter of the wok.

When steam starts rising from your noodles and they’re nearly done, add the other ⅓ of the leeks to the mixture. Stir fry for another minute, incorporating the leeks. A fresh and slightly more raw onion flavor is what we’re going for!

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Transfer to a dish and serve your vegetarian Singapore noodles immediately with homemade hot chili oil or chiu chow chili oil.

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