Add rice noodles to a large bowl and cover completely with boiling water. Let cook for 5-10 minutes (or according to package instructions), stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Drain and set aside.
In the meantime, make the sauce by adding minced garlic, tamari or soy sauce, maple syrup or coconut sugar, and lime juice to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Then taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You’re going for a savory-tart sauce with a bit of sweetness (adjust to taste). Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) toasted sesame oil (adjust amount if altering number of servings), onion and red bell pepper. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until onion is soft and translucent.
Add snow peas, 1 Tbsp (15 ml) tamari or soy sauce (adjust amount if altering number of servings), and curry powder, and stir. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then remove from pan and set aside.
To the still-hot skillet, add remaining 1 Tbsp (15 ml) sesame oil (adjust amount if altering number of servings), cooked rice noodles, and sauce. Sauté for 1 minute, tossing frequently with tongs to disperse sauce.
Add back in the vegetables and toss to coat. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, then remove from heat.
Taste and adjust as needed, adding more curry powder for curry flavor or more maple syrup to balance the curry flavor.
Serve with desired toppings. This dish benefits greatly from a little hot sauce, such as sriracha!
Best when fresh, though leftovers keep for 2-3 days covered in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan over medium heat.
*To add tofu, double the amount of sauce. Then pour half into a separate mixing bowl. Add 1 extra Tablespoon coconut sugar and whisk thoroughly to combine. Add pressed, cubed tofu to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree F (204 C) oven for 30-32 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Before cooking the vegetables, add the tofu to a lightly greased skillet over medium-high heat and add sauce. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until sauce has absorbed and the tofu is very hot and somewhat glazed. Remove from pan and set aside, then continue with recipe as instructed. Add tofu back in with vegetables in step 7. *Recipe requested by a reader, and adapted from Serious Eats! *Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without tofu and with the lesser amounts of rice noodles, curry powder, and maple syrup.