TJ’s Rice Sticks (and recipe)

Noodles: I love them all. Any kind, any shape. Pasta, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Udon, Soba, LoMein and its cousin Ramen. One of my favorite kinds are fresh rice noodles (Ho Fun, Chow Fun) sold freshly made in large soft blocks. I have my favorite “Rice Noodle Lady” in Chinatown who sells from a open storefront on Grand Street and Bowery that I always buy from whenever I am in that area. She sells packages of rice noodles and other things. My favorite kind have dried shrimp and scallion mixed in. Most things she sells a $1; theres usually a line of people waiting to buy from her.

Fresh rice noodles are amazing but dried Rice Noodles are good too. They come in all shapes and sizes. These “Rice Sticks” or as Trader Joe’s says, “Thai Style Pasta” are a medium wide, flat rice noodle which is versatile, and can be used in a variety of ways for almost any Asian style dish, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese… Simply boiled, boiled then stir fried, added to soups, stews, etc. They have a nice chewy texture (don’t overcook them).  The package says Made in Thailand. Ingredients: Rice Flour, water (so good for Gluten free diets).

Here is what I did with them, improvising a dish on the fly in just 10 minutes using some fish filets I had on hand and what I had in the fridge. It has some Thai and Vietnamese flavors.


3 pieces of fish (I used Tilapia); Rub filets with some Thai red curry paste and salt; Marinate 20 mins.
3 sticks Celery, sliced
1 medium Onion, sliced
3 Dried Shitake Mushrooms, soaked in 1/2 cup boiling water for 30 minutes, sliced (save liquid!)
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
1/4” slice Ginger, chopped

(variation: use shrimp instead)

2/3 package Trader Joe’s Rice Sticks

Thai Fish Sauce (Nam Pla), 3 tbs
Juice of one lemon or lime
Sugar, 1 tsp
Soy Sauce, 1 tbs
Water, 2 tbs
Red Pepper flakes, to taste
Dash of Sesame Oil

Mix ingredients for sauce. Bring pot of water with a little salt to boil. Sauté fish in 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. Flip fish after 2 mins to other side. Remove and keep warm. Add 1 tsp oil, and sauté the onions, celery, ginger and garlic about 5 mins. Add sliced mushrooms and their soaking water.

Meanwhile, throw the Rice Stick noodles into boiling water. Cook for 6-8 minutes (taste for doneness, do not overcook).

Add the fish to the stir fried vegetables. Cook 5 mins more on low heat to blend flavors. Drain noodles, plate and top the noodles with the fish and vegetables mixture; Serve with sauce on side to drizzle on liberally. Serves 2.

Bonus Recipe (simple!)


Cook Rick Sticks according to directions (but only till al dente) Drain. Toss in a non-stick saute pan with a small amount of veg. oil. To rice sticks, add 1 tsp soy sauce, dash of oyster sauce, red pepper flakes to taste, and a drizzle of dark sesame oil; Toss this through, cook gently only 1-2 mins. Plate and top the noodles with 2 chopped scallions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and a squeeze of little lemon juice or drizzle of rice wine vinegar. If you have cilantro (and like it) great too! 


UPDATE: I don’t see this in the store! Oh no!

UPDATE2: Yup confirmed by TJ’s:  DISCONTINUED!!!!!!!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dottie
    May 10, 2011 @ 12:17:57

    I love these noodles, but Trader Joes are no longer going to have these in their stores in Columbus. I am told that they are no longer available from the warehouse. I am so sad about this. People with Celiac Disease have a hard time finding good things to eat. This is one of the things that I have truely enjoyed since going gluten free.



    • promacnyc
      May 10, 2011 @ 15:03:05

      Hi Dottie,
      This might be worth a try. I’ve been told by the Managers at my local Trader Joe’s in NYC that is one thing to tell them something but another when a customer writes to the Corporate Office via their website. There is a link on the TJ website to Contact them about Products; It has room for Comments and the Product SKU. I put the link in LINKS here. This might be worth a try for you to get the Rice Sticks back in your store. Especially when you have a condition that this food is perfect for. I would definately tell them that. Who knows? You might hit a sympathetic ear in the home office. Good luck and keep us posted!



      • promacnyc
        May 17, 2011 @ 20:42:04

        Dottie, you were right after all. I found out today are Rice Sticks are DISCONTINUED item.
        That sucks~


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