Prawn Noodles

Posted By Kerri

Not a particularly imaginative title I know but I was at a bit of a loss to describe this dish. It wasn’t true to any particular cuisine since there were so many flavourings going on but it tasted good which was enough for me. And it only took 10 minutes to cook! The kitchen looked like a bomb had gone off when we sat down to eat and took a fair while to clean up but, 10 minutes! From start to finish!

Prawn Noodles
Serves Two

Oil, for frying
1/2 onion
1 clove garlic
1 red chilli
1 green chilli
Pinch of dried ginger (fresh would be good but we didn’t have any)
Prawns (we used shell-on prawns but the shelled type would be less of a faff)
Thai-style ribbon noodles (we used the Sharwood’s “Ready to Wok” type)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
Handful coriander, chopped

In a wok, start by frying the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger for a couple of minutes and then add the prawns. As the prawns start to colour, add the noodles and stir to incorporate.

Add all the liquids, stir again and then put the lid onto the wok. Cook for about 3-4 minutes with the lid on, sprinkle with coriander and then serve.

Marvel at how quick and easy this was to cook. Then eat.

Jan 18th, 2011

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  1. Emily said,

    That looks delicious; but can I ask – where do you get your prawns from? I can’t find raw shell-on prawns anywhere, unless they’re absolutley gigantic. I’ve seen before that you get things from Waitrose – are they from there? (I’ll take any excuse to pop into Waitrose.) Oooh, I’m hungry now.

  2. Stephen said,

    Thanks Emily! Kerri bought them and I’m pretty sure from what I remember of the label on the bag that they were indeed from Waitrose. Although they weren’t entirely non-gigantic. Probably the largest prawns that I remember cooking at home for some time, hence we had just three each.

    We share your frustration about non-availability of raw shell-on prawns. I can only assume that the majority of prawn-shoppers want convenience rather than taste, which is sad. Maybe we should get everyone to start asking for them.

  3. Simple and looks yum! Might have to try it out sometime! xxx But Chinese wine?

  4. Kerri said,

    Thanks, CC.

    It’s Chinese cooking wine. You can find it at Chinese supermarkets and I think some of the regular supermarkets carry it too. You could easily leave it out though, it would give a lighter taste to the dish I think but it would still be good.

  5. Kerri said,

    Yep, they were from Waitrose. I would normally use the shelled type for this kind of dish I think. Must have been in a bit of a daze when I got to the shop!

  6. Stephen said,

    This is the Chinese cooking wine we used: http://www.wingyipstore.co.uk/display-product.php?ref=80256

    I can’t remember where we bought it, but it was a long time ago and there was just a drop left in the bottle so we used it up. Recipes that call for it often suggest dry sherry as an alternative if you can’t find it.

  7. Libby said,

    What a delicious looking and simple dish!! I bet it would be good with a pinch of Cilantro too

  8. 10 mins is impressive! You should go into competition with Jamie for his 30 min meals. I have never seen prawns like this in my Waitrose – will have to investigate…
    Gourmet Chick´s last blog post ..Michelin stars for 2011

  9. Kerri said,

    Thanks, Libby. There was cilantro (or coriander as we know it) added at the end 🙂

    Our Waitrose has a fish counter, GC, I got them from there.

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