We found that shopping at the Asian Market was easier on our budget. They often have rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch for much much cheaper than can be found at the grocery or health food stores. All of which, we regularly use and make our own flour mixture from. They also have really good gf noodles, too! Be careful, though, and read all ingredients. Many of the noodles they carry often contain wheat.
Where we shop
Chao’s Asian Market has been our favorite. (Pronounced: Chow’s) It used to be located in Provo, but with their needing to re-locate and a change in ownership; it took us a while to find them again. Boy, are we glad we did and the new owner is wonderful! (329 North State Street, Orem, Utah) Ernie loves to help and talk to his customers. He understands gluten free and every time I go in he gives me one or two new recipes to try! http://chaosasianmarket.com/ He also has a lot of helpful cooking tips and offers cooking classes, too. The last time I was in with my daughter, he gave her great educational advice, too. It’s one of my favorite places to shop!
The most recent recipe Ernie shared was a huge hit with our family! Somen Salad, is a great addition to our Asian dinners! It’s also great for lunch! These are the noodles we used, regular Somen noodles aren’t gf but these worked really well:
This is the day after the salad was made.
1 pack Somen, *vermicelli (is what I used) boiled and cooled (rinse cooked noodles with cold water. Make sure your noodles are gf.)
Ham or char siu pork chopped (I used a pre-cooked ham steak and chopped it into bite-sized pieces.)
2 eggs, scrambled and cooled
1 kamaboko, chopped (We omitted it. I ‘m not sure what it is, but my research suggests something to do with fish.)
3 stalks green onion, chopped
2 T sesame seeds
2 T sugar
1 tsp salt
¼ c cooking oil
3 T vinegar
2 T Soy sauce, I like San-J’s Tamari Soy Sauce
Put salad ingredients in a bowl.
Mix sauce ingredients in a bottle
Shake well and pour over salad.
*this is a cold salad
Ernie's Somen Salad
- 1 pack Guilin Rice Vermicelli noodles boiled according to package directions
- Lettuce shredded
- Ham or char siu pork chopped
- 2 eggs scrambled
- 3 stalks green onion chopped
- 2 T sesame seeds
- 2 T sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 C Cooking oil I use Olive Oil
- 3 T vinegar
- 2 T gluten free soy sauce I like San-J's Tamari soy sauce
- Boil the noodles according to directions on package.
- Scramble eggs and cool
- Shred lettuce
- Cut ham into bite size pieces.
- Slice onions
- Put salad ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix sauce ingredients in a bottle
- Shake well and pour over salad.