Arroz con fideos (Rice and fried noodles)

Arroz con fideos (Rice and fried noodles)

There is more to the history of  arroz con fideos (rice and fried noodles) than you think. It’s a story of immigration and travel.

One of the greatest things about running this site for over 9 years is, that due to a strong web presence, our site has become the virtual Dominican gastronomic embassy. In fact, several relevant government sites in our country recommend ours to those seeking to learn more about our cooking and food. It fills us with joy and humbles us.

Arroz con fideos (Rice and fried noodles)

During these years we have received requests from organizations, embassies, associations, tourist bureaus, etc. to provide them with information regarding our cuisine. We have helped spread the word about our cuisine as far as Russia (at the request of the office that promotes tourism to the DR in the area). I didn’t understand a word of the article written on Stol (Table, in Russian), but the pictures were enough to convey what our cuisine has to offer.

Arroz con fideos (Rice and fried noodles)

More recently we got a call from Laressa Watlington, a journalist for the Denver Post who wanted to interview me as part of a large piece to be published at the same time our country celebrated its independence. As always I was more than happy to help, I didn’t even know there was a Dominican community in Denver, but it did not matter. Where there are people who love food, there are people who need to hear about the delights of tostones, mangú, and habichuelas con dulce.

Something that took me by surprise is that Ms. Watlington referred to me as “an expert”, something I have most certainly never called myself (and not out of modesty!). But thinking it over I decided that the true experts are the moms and dads that every day cook for our children and pass on to them the love for our cuisine. So, on behalf of the several million experts in our country: Thank you Ms. Watlington.

Arroz con fideos (Rice and fried noodles)

Rice is the base of Dominican cuisine, and arroz con fideos is one of an endless list of adaptations we have made to exotic dishes from faraway lands. Its origin can be traced to the Middle Eastern immigrants who arrived in our shores in the 19th century, and who brought with them the nearly-identical bil shareyah, an Egyptian dish.

This rice combination is very tasty, with a nice contrast of colors and textures, it is also easy to prepare and makes a great substitute for arroz blanco. It is the perfect side dish to accompany escovitched fish, or your preferred choice of Dominican meat.

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A delicious dish with an unusual combination of textures and ingredients. A great side dish to serve with stewed meats or fish.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of rice
  • ½ cup of angel hair noodles
  • 5 cups of vegetable or chicken broth, boiling hot
  • 5 tablespoons of oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. In a deep bottom pot heat 3 tablespoons of oil, over medium heat.
  2. Add the noodles (uncooked) and cook and stir until they are golden brown, being careful not to let them burn.
  3. Stir in the rice, mix until all the rice is coated with oil.
  4. Try the broth and season with more salt if it is necessary (the rice will have the same level of salt).
  5. Add the boiling broth to the rice and stir. Simmer over medium heat. Stir regularly to prevent the rice from sticking.
  6. When almost all the liquid has evaporated, cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer over very low heat.
  7. Wait 15 minutes and uncover. Stir, add the remaining oil and cover again. Wait another 5 minutes. Try the rice, it should be firm but tender inside. If necessary, cover and simmer another 5 minutes over very low heat.
  8. Serve with meat (or seafood), a side dish and beans.
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  • Tara October 11, 2014, 2:53 PM

    I have made this twice now and I absolutely love the combination of rice and pasta. Such a delicious side dish.

  • Jeanne March 4, 2014, 7:48 PM

    This dish is the best! We had it for dinner tonight!!!

  • Deb February 28, 2014, 5:35 PM

    Looks just like the product the USA markets under the name of Rice-A-Roni And that is good too I will have to try the home-made version It looks yummy!! Thank you

  • vicky January 4, 2014, 1:35 AM

    HOLA TIA I LOVE ALL OF YOUR RECIPE. QUESTION: WHAT CAN I USE TO SUBTITUTE the BROTH?

    • Aunt Clara January 10, 2014, 1:58 PM

      You really need broth, whether homemade or store-bought.

  • Dory April 10, 2013, 11:27 AM

    Hola Tía! This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes, I make it at least once a month! Only thing I change is the rice-noodle ratio, he likes his rice with A LOT of noodles so I make it a 2-to-1 ratio.
    Anyway, THANK YOU for this amazing recipe and website, you have saved me from calling my mom so many times! :D

  • Miss C March 29, 2012, 12:38 PM

    This is interesting! Certainly going to try it :)

  • ATasteOfMadness March 19, 2012, 8:39 PM

    This looks incredible! I love rice, it's a staple in my house. But I have never combined noodles and rice. Sounds great, must try it some time!

  • Tori March 6, 2012, 11:20 AM

    yummmmmm thanks fran for that good recipie it actually pasted my childrens expectations

  • Jahaira Ferreiras February 18, 2012, 2:23 PM

    hay k rico, ya encontre la cena de esta noche….gracias!!!!

  • Oselia Espinal January 15, 2012, 6:12 PM

    Hello. I am dominican and I live in Homestead, Florida. I love to cook for my husband. He is dominican too! We are from Santiago. I learned to cook after I got married. I used to call my Mom every day to ask for tips! She gave me, a long time ago, the book Mujer 2000 de Silvia de Pou and I still use it!!! 17 years of marriage and still learning!! I am going to try your recipe for the Domincan cake. We have the celebration for La Virgen de la Altagracia on my church, San Martin de Porres Catholic Church and after the mass we sell dominican food as a fundraiser and also to share with our community our heritage through food. We have cubans, puertoricans, mexicans, venezuelan, americans, the united nations!!! Thank you so much! It is a great site!!!

  • Maria Rosado October 17, 2011, 8:02 AM

    I love this!!!…I've also added chopped potatoes and it gives a great texture as the potatoes absorb all that flavor..Yum!!

    • Jahaira Ferreiras February 18, 2012, 2:24 PM

      Good Idea to add the potatoes, will try that.

  • Damaris September 23, 2011, 4:22 AM

    This came out really good. I divided everything by half, bc it's only my husband and I. This recipe is a keeper and really easy to make. Thanks for sharing your talent. By the time my unborn children are 5, I should be a pro, LOL.

  • Fran September 17, 2011, 7:38 AM

    Try browning the noodles with one finely chopped onion and small pieces of bacon, and adding a few drizzles of Soy Sauce to them before adding the water. Yum

    • Damaris September 23, 2011, 4:20 AM

      Fran, that sounds delicious. I'm gonna have to try it.

  • dannelly September 5, 2011, 9:47 PM

    dont you use onions and garlic for this recipe, if so how do you incorporate it in the mix?

    • Aunt Clara September 15, 2011, 9:41 AM

      No, I don't. All the ingredients I use are already listed in the recipe. Good luck.

  • Aunt Clara May 25, 2011, 2:40 PM

    It is uncooked. And yes, we Dominicans eat way more than the recommended rice portion. The (healthy) recommended portion is half a cup, and you will get aprox. 8 cups of cooked rice with this recipe.

  • Rebecca May 25, 2011, 12:27 PM

    Is the 4 cups of rice uncooked or cooked? I'm having a hard time imagining the 4 cups of uncooked rice only serving four…..

    Thank you!!

  • fausto412 May 3, 2011, 7:42 AM

    This is one of my favorites to make and one of the firsts i learned from my mother years ago. Eaaaasy!

    i always say "i know dominican man cooking 101. si la mujer echa el hombre de la casa uno se defiende con arroz, platanos, salami, huevos y carne frita!"

  • Aunt Clara April 2, 2011, 6:45 AM

    Please the comments above yours. :)

  • Tent April 2, 2011, 6:09 AM

    Question.. Does the angel hair pasta need to be boiled before frying them in the pan? In the picture above it shows the noodles soft before you started to fry them.

    Thank you.

  • Joann March 6, 2011, 6:16 PM

    Help….I am from USA and my son needs to make a DR dish for Spanish class. He chose this one and I need to know if the angel hair pasta is first cooked before its browned. Please respond….Thank You very much!

    • Aunt Clara March 7, 2011, 11:51 AM

      No, it is fried before cooking, just as indicated in the recipe.