Chilled Asian Noodles with Snow Peas, Peppers and Peanuts – serves 8 to 10

27 06 2006

This refreshing chilled main dish combines the tangy Asian flavors of sesame oil and tamari with tender marinated noodles, crisp veggies, and peanuts for a meal that satisfies without a lot of calories.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound Chinese egg noodles
3 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 1/2 tablespoons tamari or shoyu
2 tablespoons organic sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Coarse salt, to taste
Hot chili oil, to taste
1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup snow peas
1/2 cup roasted peanuts

METHOD:

1. Cook noodles according to package directions, drain, and place them in a large bowl.

2. Place the sesame oil, tamari, sugar, vinegar, salt, and chili oil in a small bowl, whisking until smooth. Pour over noodles, tossing to combine, then add scallions, peppers, and snow peas. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate at room temperature for 3 hours, then refrigerate. 

3. Before serving, toss with peanuts.





Taiwan Mee Sua – serves 8 to 10

27 03 2006

Stock:
2 litres chicken stock, double boiled
80g braising herb packet
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
40g rock sugar
25g dried shrimp, toasted

Ingredients:
600g red mee sua
1/2 cup cornstarch

Garnish:
25g coriander leaf
2 tbsp black vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp chilli oil

METHOD:
1. Combine all stock ingredients and bring to boil.
2. Simmer stock for 5 minutes.
3. Add mee sua and cook for another 4-6 minutes.
4. Thicken with corn starch and serve with garnishes.


Helpful tips:
1. Braising herb packets can be purchased at Chinese medicinal halls. Ask for herbs to braise duck or pork. Instant braising packets are also available at selected supermarkets.
2. This recipe can be served with oysters, prawns or sliced chicken.