7 to 8 ounces thin rice stick noodles
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
3/4 pound tofu, cut in 1/2-by-1-inch dominoes and blotted dry
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or 1 to 2 teaspoon minced jalapeño
1 green bell pepper, cut in thin julienne
1 red bell pepper, cut in thin julienne
2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced very thin
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1. Place the noodles in a large bowl, and cover with warm water. Soak for at least 20 minutes, until soft. Drain in a colander, and cut into 6- to 8-inch lengths with kitchen scissors. Set aside, within reach of your wok or pan. Combine the broth, soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Combine the garlic, ginger and pepper flakes or minced jalapeño in another bowl. Have everything within reach of your wok or pan.
2. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch steel skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates from the surface within a second or two. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and tilting the pan side to side. Add the tofu. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and stir-fry one to two minutes until the tofu begins to brown. Add the garlic, ginger and chili, and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Add the peppers, and stir-fry two minutes. Add the broth mixture, the drained noodles, the scallions, salt and sugar. Stir-fry one to two minutes until the noodles are just tender and the broth has been absorbed. Add the cilantro, and stir-fry another 30 seconds to a minute until well combined. Serve.
Yield: Serves four.
Nutritional information per serving: 386 calories; 13 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 52 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber (8 grams if using brown rice noodles); 163 milligrams sodium (does not include salt added during preparation); 13 grams protein
Martha Rose Shulman can be reached at martha-rose-shulman.com. Her new book, “The Very Best of Recipes for Health,” was published in August by Rodale Books.