Rice Noodlin’ with a visit to JC Rice Noodle Shop

Yellow Karee Tofu Curry with thin rice noodles, served on the side
Pad See Ew with fresh wide rice noodles & scrambled tofu, carrots, spinach, green cabbage, green beans, garlic, and baby bok choy

Maybe,  just maybe, I’ve become obsessed with rice noodles.

Look, I like noodles in my life, and lately they’ve been of the rice variety. Recently, my fixation was over yellow curry noodles. Things got even better with a curious stop at JC Rice Noodle Shop & Restaurant on SE Foster. I was in the area for another visit to the Lents Farmers Market, and it had caught my eye on the way. I ended up walking out of the nondescript, quiet storefront with a heaping bag of fresh, wide rice noodles (sold 95 cents/lb.  – I had asked for 3 and walked out with 5, hence this continued, celebrated fixation) and a pound of equally fresh tofu ($1, but bring a container! they pack it in Styrofoam, shudder). They also sell rice sheets, and rice noodle rolls, but I wasn’t sure if they had a vegan version of the latter, as I saw a mention of pork filling.

Anywhoo, I’m almost in a state of shock over these soft noodles. You can obviously tell the difference between a package of fresh noodles (again, usually on Styrofoam) vs. dried, and these super fresh noodles just take the (rice) cake.

What I’m saying is, if you have access to fresh rice noodles, seek them out, or try making your own! They’re fresher, you get to buy in bulk, and skip excess packaging – win, win, win.

Next up in my rice noodlin’ meals: Pad Kee Mao, aka Drunken Noodles. Speaking of i eat food, the blog I just linked to..well, I’m loving that blog.

JC Rice Noodle

The Pad See Ew above started with scrambled tofu, seasoned with turmeric, black pepper, and soy sauce. It was modified from the Thai River Noodles recipe on About.com. The Karee Yellow Curry Noodles were based on these Khao Soi Yellow Curry Noodles. Both dishes utilize vegetarian fish sauce.

Some more shots of rice noodlin’, and a bonus behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the cinematic trailer for The Vegan Revolution….with Zombies.


  1. mmmm those look very yummy. I go through periods where I enjoy a lot of rice noodle dishes for a while. I also love love love curry but I think I like indian curry more than Thai…..hmmm….not sure I like them both a lot though

  2. I wanna come over to your house and eat. You look like an awesome chef but does it taste as good as it looks? I suspect so. Good article Jess.

  3. Hi all,

    Out of casual curiosity, I decided to Google and look up my parent’s store to see what I could find on it and this is one of the first things my search yielded me!

    I showed this to my parents and they are deeply pleased that you enjoyed the noodles because they work really hard to provide a quality product that everyone can appreciate for the freshness and overall good taste.

    We do realize that our current decision to use Styrofoam is that of an unfavorable one, and we will be sure to look into the other options that are available out there that is both economical and responsible.

    Please email me at missmeganchan@gmail.com if you have any questions because I would be happy to answer them.

    Thanks and have a good day to you all!

    1. Hi Megan,

      Thanks for the really nice and honest response on this – I look forward to visiting the shop again, and as you can see, convincing my friends to go : )



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