Rat Na is a classic stir-fry noodle dish, usually made with wide noodles. Rat Na originated from China and was a restaurant delicacy for the rich. But its taste was so popular it spread in China and then onto Thailand.
Sometimes you may hear this dish pronounced ‘lat na’ when in Thailand, as the r and l can be interchangeable based on accent.
The thick brown gravy like sauce of Rat Na is often made with Cornstarch or tapioca, in our recipe we will be using cornstarch here. But you can use tapioca if you prefer.
For seasoning black pepper, soy sauce, sugar and dried chillies are used with some Chia seeds also for added nutrition. Chia seeds are brilliant for fibre, omega 3 and 6, calcium, protein and zinc amongst many other vital nutrients for the body.
This dish is a stir-fry and at the moment Peanut oil has just come in to stock at our local organic market, the peanut oil adds a slightly rich taste and of course a hint of that peanut aroma and flavor is there also.