I fed this exact meal here (including the gluten free noodles) to Ilya and he had no clue the noodles were gluten free until I told him (he doesn’t pay much attention to what’s going on in the kitchen, he just enjoys eating the outcome!). I do think the GF noodles may have a slightly different consistency (it seems to me that they’re always more firm than regular noodles would be, even when completely cooked) but they taste just fine and work great with this dish. The kind I buy are “Tinkyada Pasta Joy Ready Brown Rice Pasta, Spaghetti Style”, found at Wegmans, seen here. The package doesn’t lie, as they do not get mushy at all! They do take quite a bit longer than traditional spaghetti or lo mein noodles, which is kind of a pain, but geez… what’s wrong with me? I mean, we should really be basking in the fact that there are gluten free noodles that aren’t mushy and taste great! If they take a few extra minutes, so what?!
When I make this, I do not mix everything together before serving because I find it’s too hard after doing that to figure out the proper serving size. But I’ll explain that a bit more below (see final step of “For Serving” section). I just love this recipe so much and can’t wait to make it for Ilya and his brother on their next hangout session over at our house. When they have those, I always cook up delicious things for them (pre-IBS/GERD was usually dinner and dessert… but dessert is an area I haven’t even bothered trying to venture into yet for the IBS and GERD friendly foods). We’d all have dinner together and then they’d go off to watch their netflix show or whatnot. Typically in the pre-IBS/GERD days, the food of choice was always Chinese food of some kind (usually either my sesame noodles, peanut chicken, teriyaki chicken casserole or some such thing). These days, I can’t be trusted to make the “real” stuff and refrain from eating it (and in turn getting sick from it). That will no longer be a problem, though, now that I have this awesome recipe up my sleeve!
So the next time you’re feeling bummed you can’t order from your favorite pre-IBS or GERD/Reflux Chinese restaurant, or you are someone without dietary restrictions who just wants a healthier version of this takeout classic, just hop into the kitchen for 30 minutes and whip this up and I hope you love it as much as I do. 🙂