Turn to star chef Jet Tila for all things Asian. Tila’s multi-ethnic culinary background instilled in him an encyclopedia knowledge of ingredients and techniques that he’s only too happy to share with us. His famous drunken noodles are the stuff of legends. 

Famous for being a late night drinking dish, Drunken Noodles is a marriage between my Thai and Chinese roots. The sauce seems complicated, but it’s as simple as measuring and dumping in a bowl. Fresh rice noodles are a deli item at most Asian markets. They are made and delivered fresh daily to the markets. It’s best to buy and use them within 48 hours. A way to tell if they are fresh is just to take the pack and fold it like a towel. If you can fold until the ends touch and the middles aren’t cracking, that’s a sign of freshness.

Reprinted with permission from 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die