Thursday, October 15, 2015
Cooking with Blobby
There are a LOT of ingredients in today's recipe. But with simple planning and some prep, the dish actually comes together quite quickly. It's really all about the prep, because things move pretty quickly once you get started.
Today "we" are making Singapore Noodles - even though it's not a "we" and it's not "today", as I made them a few weeks ago. I'm just trying to pace myself on cooking posts, as I know some of you (Morty!) skip over them.
I'm not going from an NYT recipe, but one from America's Test Kitchen.
Cooking with both curry and shrimp are a first for me. I've never done either. Cooking seafood scares me - as it is easy to fuck up, and pricey to do so. And I wasn't off to an auspicious start at the seafood counter, where some guy (who worked at another counter) refused to help me and sent to to the frozen shrimp case. Ruckiry (not Jon's boss), a manager overheard him, consulted with me on what I actually wanted, got it and then pulled the guy aside.......so I would have loved to have heard that conversation.
Neither the shrimp or curry gave me problems..........exactly. But more on that as we go.
4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
6 ounces rice vermicelli
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
12 ozs large shrimp (26 -30 per pound), peeled, deveined, tails removed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 garlic cloves, minced to paste
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 2-inch-long matchsticks
2 large shallots, sliced thin
2/3 cup chicken broth
4 ounces (2 cups) bean sprouts
4 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
Christopher Kimball said (on the show) he thought it sounded like a lot of curry, but it wasn't when he ate the dish. I think it was a lot of curry. It overpowered most everything (more on that later). Personally, I might cut back a little.
In theory this dish should be great.
It was light. It had protein x 2. It had some burn to it. Quite a bit. Oddly, I'm not really sure it was the curry, ginger or cayenne (though those probably didn't help matters). I think a lot of heat came from the chopped scallion. I know they're supposed to be mild, but I think these weren't.
Maybe due to competing flavours, I could feel eating the shrimp but without much (if any) shrimp taste. I never felt or tasted the eggs.
Much of the work in this dish came afterwards - the de-currying of the kitchen, much like NBC and Matt Lauer did to Ann.
The next two days, I ate leftovers for lunch - minus the scallions. The flavours were much milder and had longer time to infuse together. Maybe everything was too fresh right off the skillet, but how was I to know?
I'd say the shrimp was the most expensive thing there, but really it wasn't ($5 for 12). The small jar of curry I got was as much.
Overall, the dish was ok. Not outstanding. It was a lot of work - more than ATK made it seem to be. I'm glad 710 got home for the last half to help me execute some of the things that seemed (but probably weren't) time sensitive.
I might make again here and there, but it won't be in normal rotation.
Still, I like expanding my skills and trying new things. It hasn't turned me off from doing such.