Tuesday, August 31, 2010

cold asian noodle salad

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I married into a GIANT Indonesian family and through time it has greatly influenced the food that I eat and cook. I LOVE and often crave simple Asian flavors that include the use of yummy herbs and spices.

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One of my favorite fresh and simple dishes is a cold shrimp and noodle salad loaded with TONS of flavor.


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I start by preparing cellophane bean thread noodles.
Cellophane noodles are a transparent noodle typically made from mung bean starch and while they have no taste, they are perfect for absorbing flavor.


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The noodles need to be soaked in warm water until they are soft.

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I boil them for about 30 seconds- YEP- that quick!

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Drain and then I like to cut the noodles so they are shorter and easier to eat!


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Next I prepare the shrimp. I used cooked shrimp that I peppered and salted

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and grilled quickly in my trusty grill pan.

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Next I gathered and prepped all of my favorite herbs and vegis- starting with bean sprouts,

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mint

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cilantro

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thai basil

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carrots


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and green onions.
just about any favorite vegetables will work.

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Last, I prepare a simple dressing with sesame seed oil, lime juice,

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honey,

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soy sauce,

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and sambal (chili paste).

(there are a number of different ways to make dressing with different flavors- ginger, fish sauce, peanuts, etc.)

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Last, I mix the noodles, shrimp, herbs, vegis and the dressing and I toss everything together.
I like to serve the salad cold so I move it to the fridge to chill.


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I transfer the salad to a serving bowl

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and dish myself up a pretty little bowl and eat and eat and eat!

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18 comments:

christinebyhand said...

YUM!

milkcan said...

It was fantastic to see you at CREATE! And fun see (the Chinese version of those glass noodles) are my number one favorite comfort food!

Alisa said...

This recipe looks so delicious! I will definitely try it soon!

www.alisasgarden.blogspot.com

HollyM said...

That just looks do delicious, i think I will make it for supper. we are having a heat wave right now.

lee said...

Glad you showed all the pictures, it looks so tasty I wanted some. For sure I am going to try that one out.

Dawn D. Sokol said...

Can I just move in with you? ;)

Bruce Barone said...

That looks sooooo GREAT! I will try this over the weekend.

Stacey @ Entropified said...

Yummmmm - MMMY!

Randi Nervig said...

Yours is the first blog I read every day. I love your tutorials and I really like the recipes too. I'm so going to try this one!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

OMG that looks amazingly yummy! Want to make some right now!

Carrie said...

This salad looks amazing. I have fallen in love with your blog and your work, I look forward to reading it everyday.

Seanora said...

I enjoy your posts and this recipe looks yummy.

jgr said...

Oh that looks wonderful!! I can't wait to try it.

Juliette Crane said...

so delicious! i cannot wait to try this recipe!

xoxo, juliette

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

yeah yeah yeah! I am going to make this very soon! I love that you took such beautiful photos while you prepared this dish! yum!

Tina said...

Hi Alisa, I'm from Jakarta Indonesia. Glad that you like indonesian food.

domestic goddess said...

ooo this looks gorgeous

eva said...

wow, look forward to see your Indonesian family photos. i'm from Surabaya, Indonesia, btw. i looooovveee all your recipes and tutorials. and i love u too. :D

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