Monday, August 11, 2008

Stir-Fried Noodles with Shrimp, Chiles & Lime

This is a fun recipe to make. It has a lot of interesting ingredients - many which you will not have in your house. Jordan and I both liked this recipe so I think it will be worth the extra effort to run to the store!

I did not add the mint leaves or the bean sprouts. (I don't really like bean sprouts). I made the mistake of telling Jordan that I omitted these items and he seemed to think they really would have made the dish much better. So, I'll be making this again soon and will let you know if they are really needed!

For the sauce:
2 Tablespoons fish sauce
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce

For the stir-fry:
3 oz dried wide (pad thai) rice noodles
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 oz medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 cup)
1 4oz can fire-roasted whole green chiles (such as Ortega brand), drained and sliced into long, very thin slivers (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
2 Tablespoons crushed unsalted roasted peanuts
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
10 fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1 lime, cut into wedges for serving

(Start this process while you prep/chop the other ingredients)
Submerge the noodles in a bowl of very warm water and soak until they are pliable but still rather firm, about 30 minutes. I ended up dumping the water out around 15 minutes and adding more warm/hot water as mine had cooled down quite a bit. Drain in a colander.

In a small bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet or stir-fry pan until very hot. Add the garlic, give a quick stir and immediately stir in the shrimp. Stir-fry until the shrimp turn pink.

Add the sauce and stir for 20 seconds. Add the chiles and noodles and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

If the noodles are still firm, add 1 Tablespoon water and cook for another minute. (I had to do this). Then add the bean sprouts and cook until slightly limp. Serve the noodles garnished with peanuts, cilantro, mint and lime on the side. Squeeze a little lime juice over the noodles.


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