This Kwetiau Siram (Flat Rice Noodles in Gravy / Rad Na) is true comfort food and this simplified version is so delicious and easy to make at home. Don’t forget the make some pukis cake or grilled bananas/toasts for desserts.
Kwetiau siram is one of my favorites and a must-have every time I travel to Indonesia. It is basically flat rice noodles with beef and vegetables and covered in gravy, which is similar to Rad Na in Thai cooking. This version is a simpler version that you need to try at home.
- Flat rice noodles. You will need fresh flat rice noodles which you can find easily in Asian markets
- Beef, eggs. Both are the proteins we need for this dish. For the best result, try using thin sliced beef
- Sauce. Fish sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce are the sauces you need
- Garlic. One of the basic ingredients
- Oil. I use sesame oil to bring an aromatic flavor
- Cornstarch. To thicken the soup and turn it into a gravy
- Chinese gailan or kailan. You can also find these vegetables in Asian markets
- Beef broth. Beef broth will add more depth of flavors to this dish; however, water also works
How to cook kwetiau siram
Cooking kwetiau siram or rad an is very easy; however, it takes a few steps because you will need to cook the flat rice noodles separately.
First, you will need to cook the flat rice noodles with garlic, egg, and fish sauce. Then, you will start with a pot of beef broth and water. Add the beef and vegetables. Then add the sauces and finally thicken with cornstarch.
How to separate flat rice noodles?
Most flat rice noodles already come in pre-cut folded sheets and you will need to separate them layer by layer. It takes time although I can find this soothing. However, if you’re short on time, place the noodles in a colander and rinse under hot water for 1 minute then separate each layer. Try not to cook or rinse under hot water for too long or they will cook.
Can I add other ingredients to this kwetiau siram?
You can add chopped cauliflower, fish cake, chicken, or shrimp. You can also make this a vegetarian version by using tofu and vegetables, omit fish sauce, and use vegetarian oyster sauce.
How do I serve kwetiau siram?
Place a good amount of fried flat rice noodles in a bowl, then ladle the gravy over the noodles. And serve with chopped Thai chilies in fish sauce.
I can’t find flat rice noodles
Use rice instead of noodles. With the same recipe, you will need to make fried rice with egg and fish sauce instead of flat noodles. And enjoy the fried rice with gravy on top.
The noodles and gravy need to be stored separately in the freezer and can be enjoyed for up to 3 days.
This kwetiau siram is known for its simplicity and comforting satisfaction, and this recipe won’t disappoint!
Kwetiau Siram (Flat Rice Noodles in Gravy / Rad Na)
- 1 lb of fresh kwetiau/flat rice noodles
- 4 tablespoons fish sauce divided
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 4 tablespoons sesame oil divided
- 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 2 oz. Chinese gailan or kailan cut into 2-inch length (5 cm)
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 5 cups beef stock
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons water
- Heat up a wok with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Transfer the rice noodles into a wok, add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and eggs, and stir the noodles vigorously to spread the fish sauce and eggs evenly. Set aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil to the wok. Add garlic and beef, and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the beef turn brown.
- Add the broth, vegetable, fish sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Adjust the taste. Bring the sauce to a boil and then thickens it with the cornstarch water. Turn off the heat as soon as the sauce is thick and gooey.
- Place a portion of flat rice noodles in a bowl, then pour the gravy over the noodles.