Rice Thread Noodles with Lettuce and Fried Tofu


  • 1 package fried tofu
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 4 scallions, chopped into small pieces
  • package bean thread noodles
  • 1 head chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • teaspoon salt


  1. Boil water and place bean thread noodles in water. Let soak for 15 minutes, until soft. Then drain in a colander.
  2. Cube fried tofu and add to bowl. You may want to cut width-wise in half first.
  3. To a large bowl, add scallions, mint, and lettuce. Drain mandarin oranges and add to bowl. Cut off top and bottom of cucumber, then peel and cut in half lengthwise. Using a teaspoon, de-seed each cucumber half and slice thinly and add to bowl. Add soft bean thread noodles to bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ground pepper, and salt. Whisk the ingredients together, then drizzle over bowl of noodles. Mix with tongs and serve.

Makes: 6 servings • Total Time: 30 minutes

recipe_fisherAbout the Chef
Chef: Krystal Fisher
Profession: Chef Educator
Family: Lives with her parents and brother in San Marcos
Community: Lake St. Marcos
Hobbies: Baking, getting together with friends
About the Chef: Krystal loves food. It’s as simple as that. She loves food just as much as she loves people. She began her culinary journey during high school when her mom encouraged her take a culinary class that initially she had no interest in taking. After the first few weeks in the class, she absolutely fell in love with the art of cooking and everything associated with it. Thereafter she completed two years in culinary academy and progressed to become a pastry chef and line cook in various locales around North County. She has a passion for food like no other, and is so excited to share the culinary journey that she was able to experience with kids, in hopes that they are able to find the same joy in the kitchen as she has.