Culinary Ginger : Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Not everyone has time to plan their menu for the week, compile the shopping list and then go an buy all the ingredients. What if you could have all these steps done for you and the groceries delivered to your door? 
Well now you can, meet

Plated is a weekly food delivery service who ship all the ingredients along with the recipe and instructions and ordering can be done in 3 easy steps. With 7 chef designed dishes to choose from, the menu changes weekly so there's always something new and exciting to try.

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

The ingredients are all sourced from their specialized network of providers, packed fresh and pre-portioned to cut back on waste.

When  I received  my box  of  ingredients,  I was  very  impressed  that  everything  was individually  portioned, labeled and all  well packed in an  insulted box  with Nordic ice packs, which I recycled and come in very handy when I need to pack a cooler.

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Along with the ingredients, there comes included a 2-sided recipe sheet. 1 side has the glossary, servings, caloric count and cooking tips. The other side is the recipe along with progress pictures.

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

This particular recipe, was very easy to make and very easy to follow. As I was making the dish, I kept thinking about the spice level because there is chili powder and chili paste, but it turned out to be the perfect amount of spice, even for the most spice sensitive person. The most amazing part is, that there's hardly any cooking involved, so even the non-cooks out there could make this. As a lover of Thai food, for me this is was a delicious, quick go-to dinner that would be so convenient to make on busy weeknight.

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(2 servings)                                                                                                                      

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/4 bunch Thai basil
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 bunch scallions
  • 6 ounces rice noodles, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gochujang paste
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place 6 cups of water in a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Rinse kale and cut leaves into 1/4 inch slices, discarding stems.
  4. Rinse Thai basil and pick leaves, discarding stems.
  5. Drain and rinse bean sprouts.
  6. Rinse scallions and thinly slice white and light green parts, discarding remainder.
  7. Place 3/4 rice noodles in a large bowl and pour over boiling water.
  8. Soak until tender, about 10 minutes.
  9. Then drain and rinse under cold water for 30 seconds.
  10. Set remaining rice noodles aside for another use.
  11. Meanwhile, heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  12. When oil is shimmering, add kale and cook until bright green, 3-4 minutes.
  13. Increase heat to medium high and add coconut milk, tomato paste, chili powder and gochujang paste. Stir to combine.
  14. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed.
  15. Meanwhile, on a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange coconut flakes in a singel layer. Toast until golden, 3-4 minutes.
  16. Add cooked rice noodles and Thai basil to sauce in pan and stir to combine.
  17. Cook until rice noodles are warmed through, about 1 minute.
  18. Divide evenly between 2 bowls and garnish with bean sprouts, scallion and toasted coconut.
  19. Serve hot.

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Spicy coconut rice noodles with kale and basil

Dining experience sponsored by, not compensation was received for this review, all opinions are my own.


  1. Sounds terrific. I saw something like this recently, but it was too expensive for a family of 4. Is this reasonably priced for daily meals? #Platedcom #Coconut, #RiceNoodles

    1. Thank you KC, they're pretty reasonable and they ship for free :)

  2. This sounds absolutely delicious and your photos are so beautiful!!!!

  3. This is perfect!!! Can't wait to make it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop ( I am featuring your post on Monday) ♥

  4. How delicious! This combination of flavors sounds great! I can't wait to try it out :)

  5. That looks absolutely incredible! Colorful, flavorful! Yum!

  6. Janette...I just love the the wonderful combination of flavors and textures in this dish! Well done!

  7. I love this Thai Inspired recipe, I also love the fact I won't be in the kitchen all day!!

  8. This sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  9. Thank you for being a part of the Weekend Social! I love this recipe you dropped off for the Link up! Asia Inspired foods are a favorite with me! I was so happy to see it at the Link Party! Every recipe should be this tasty and easy!!!

  10. I am a huge fan of rice noodles! They taste so good. This dish sounds like something I would really like. Thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings.