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Rice Noodles with Curried Meat Sauce or in Thai it’s called Guay Tiew Moo Sub. Pan-fried rice noodles layered on top of a bed of lettuce and smothered in a curry and tomato meat sauce.

Finished plate of rice noodles with curried meat sauce on a bed of lettuce.

‘Guay Tiew’ translates to noodles and ‘moo sub’ is minced or ground pork. This Thai noodle dish is not very popular here in the states, but it’s something I really enjoyed eating as a child.

The flavor and texture combination of cold lettuce with warm noodles and gravy is unique but works well together. The components of this dish are similar to Rad Na, but Guay Tiew Moo Sub has curry powder and tomatoes in the gravy.

Marinating the Meat

‘Moo Sub’ translates to finely diced pork. An easy option is to use ground pork instead of chopping your own pork. You can also use ground beef for the sauce.

These are the ingredients you’ll need to marinate the meat. They are also the same ingredients for the gravy.

Add all the ingredients to the pork and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator while you prep the rice noodles.

Fresh Rice Noodles

Fresh rice noodles will deliver the best taste, but if you’re unable to get some, then ue dried noodles.

Fresh rice noodles can be found in the refrigerated section in most Asian grocery stores. They will either be pre-sliced into strips or a whole sheet that you can slice.

The rice noodles are hard, therefore you’ll need to soften them before cooking. Place the noodles in a single layer in a steamer or on a plate in the microwave to soften.

2 images of fresh rice noodles.

The steamer method will take about 10 minutes on a rapid boil. If using the microwave, do 1-minute increments until the noodles are soft.

Once the noodles are cool enough to handle, gently separate the layers. Mix the noodles with some sweet soy sauce, and toss to coat.

Add the coated noodles to a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook for a couple of minutes until some color develops.

Curried Meat Sauce

The curried meat sauce is flavorful and aromatic from the onions, garlic, tomato, and curry powder. The texture of the sauce should be slightly thick like gravy.

Meat sauce with onions and tomatoes in a skillet.

Start by sauteing some garlic and onions in a pan with oil. Then add the marinated pork and cook until done. The remaining onions and all the tomatoes get added along with a corn starch slurry and soy sauce mixture.

At this point, you want to taste the sauce and see if any additional seasoning is needed. Adjust to your personal taste.

Serving and Storing

To serve Guay Tiew Moo Sub, layer chopped green leaf lettuce or romaine lettuce on each plate. Add a layer of noodles, then ladle the meat sauce on top.

Noodles on one plate and lettuce on another plate.

Just like Pad see Ew, serve with sliced jalapenos in vinegar and crushed Thai peppers for extra spice.

Store any leftovers separately, the noodles, sauce, and lettuce. Reheat the noodles in a non-stick skillet or microwave. The sauce can be reheated on the stove or microwave as well. Then assemble with the lettuce leaves, noodles, and sauce.

Overhead view of Rice noodles with curried meat sauce and sliced jalapenos on the side.
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Rice Noodles with Curried Meat Sauce Recipe

Rice Noodles with Curried Meat Sauce or in Thai it's called Guay Tiew Moo Sub. Pan-fried rice noodles layered on top of a bed of lettuce and smothered in a curry and tomato meat sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup Green leaf Lettuce rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Oil (divided)
  • 4 ounces Fresh Wide Rice Noodles (If using dried noodles, rehydrate according to package directions.)
  • ½ teaspoon Sweet Soy Sauce
  • 4 cloves Garlic Rough Chopped
  • 1 cup White Onion Chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes Chopped
  • ½ Pound Ground Pork or Ground Beef
  • For serving: sliced jalapenos in vinegar or groud Thai pepper for extra spice

Meat Marinade

Sauce Ingredients


  • Add all of the marinade ingredients to the ground pork and mix to combine. Place pork in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Add corn starch to water, then mix and set aside.
  • In a small bowl add all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside
  • If using a whole sheet of rice noodles, cut the sheet into 1½ inch strips. If using pre-sliced noodles, then separate them. Add noodles to a steamer and steam for 10 minutes. Or heat the noodles in the microwave for 1 minute increments until soft and pliable.
  • Once the noodles are cool enough to handle, separate them from each layer. Add ½ teaspoon of Sweet Soy Sauce to the noodles and toss to coat.
  • In a non stick skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil and the rice noodles. Pan fry for a couple of minutes to develop some color. Set noodles aside.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Then add a few diced onions to the pan, save the remainder for the sauce.
  • Add the marinated ground pork and break it up until fully cooked.
  • Add all the chopped tomatoes and onion to the pork. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to the pork, and toss to coat. Then add the cornstarch slurry. Bring to simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and see if any additional seasoning is needed.
  • Plate with chopped green leaf lettuce on the bottom, rice noodles, and ladle all the gravy on top. Serve with sliced jalapenos in vinegar and ground Thai chili for extra spice.



For leftovers, store the lettuce, noodles, and sauce separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Watch this video on how to steam Rice Noodles.


Serving: 1gCalories: 568kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 23gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 832mgPotassium: 678mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 1867IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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