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Thai Stir Fried Angel Hair Noodles with Ground Beef, (Chile or Bell) Peppers, Garlic and Basil

Thai Stir Fried Vermicelli with Ground Beef, Pepper and Basil; Review of Thailand the Cookbook

Adapted from Jean-Pierre Gabriel and Saiphin Moore
Course Entree
Cuisine Stir Fry
Author TheSpicedLife


  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 3/4 t Chinese light soy sauce
  • 3/4 t Chinese dark soy sauce
  • 2 t agave syrup or sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil divided
  • 4 T minced hot chile peppers--or to make the dish mild use 1/3 cup minced red bell pepper, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 medium-large onion, sliced into medium-thick wedges
  • 1 zucchini, seeded if thick and cut into long, thin slices
  • 1 yellow summer squash, seeded if thick and sliced into long, thin slices
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, cut into long thin strips
  • 1 lb ground beef (or pork or turkey)
  • 1 lb vermicelli or angel hair noodles, cooked and rinsed with cold water
  • 2/3 cup chopped Thai basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 makrut lime leaves, center stem removed and finely minced


  1. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Rinse with cold water to prevent sticking.
  2. Whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauces and sugar or agave syrup. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick pan on high heat. Add half of the minced garlic and pepper. Stir, watching carefully because garlic burns quickly. It will become very fragrant--when this happens, 1-2 minutes, add the onion wedges and begin tossing in the oil.
  4. Toss the onions until they are just starting to cook at the edges, about 3 minutes, and add the summer squash slices. Continue tossing for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Then add the bell pepper strips. Toss until all the veggies are cooked--they should be tender crisp, not caramelized or soft.
  6. Add about 1/3 of the sauce and toss the veggies in it. After cooking them for about 1 minute, add them to a large bowl with room for the meat and noodles.
  7. Wipe your pan out and add the rest of the vegetable oil.
  8. Place the pan on high heat and add the remaining garlic and minced pepper. Once again cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Add the ground beef and immediately begin stirring and breaking the meat up. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until browned. Add the remainder of the sauce--at this point taste and make sure you do not want more fish sauce, soy sauce or sugar.
  10. Add the cooked noodles and toss into the ground beef.
  11. Then add the basil leaves and kaffir lime leaves. Toss until everything is heated through and evenly mixed.
  12. Dump this mixture into the stir fried veggies and mix it all together--do not try to cook it all together or it will end up steaming.
  13. Serve with extra basil leaves for garnish. Also you might serve with chile pepper flakes or sambal oelek if you made the dish mild but have those who prefer heat in your dinner party.