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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Noodles with Coconut Shrimps

I never used to like them and avoided them until about 8-9 years ago.  I have no idea why I never liked these tasty little things.  It could be that the first time I tried them, they weren't cooked so nice.   I  remember where I decided to have a go again.  It was in an Italian restaurant in Dusseldorf, where I was with my best friend J, who loved shrimps and would always order shrimps in any restaurant we go.  We had ordered some antipasti and they had really delicious, a little bit spicy shrimps with some olive oil.  After that meal I started to eat shrimps at every opportunity I get.   
I have tried these noodles in my favorite Thai restaurant and I have tried to make different versions since.  For this recipe I used frozen shrimps, and ready made fresh noodles.  The coconut milk and shrimp combination tastes lovely and you can also use some aromatic rice here instead of the noodles if you prefer.  If you want it more spicy, then add more chili in it as this is a milder version.

(Serves 3-4)

250 g fresh noodles ( I used fettuccine here)
300 g shrimps
1 leek chopped
1 spring onion chopped
1 medium red pepper
1/2 white cabbage
1/2 cup coconut milk
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder or chopped fresh chili pepper
1 tablespoon of coconut oil or any other mild cooking oil
About a handful of coriander leaves to garnish

You need to prepare your vegetables before because this all goes really fast.  Start with cooking your noodles as usual like you cook your pasta.  In a wok, heat the coconut oil.  When it's hot enough, put your shrimps in the wok and stir-fry them for about 2-3 minutes, then take them out to a plate, but leave the cooking oil in the wok.  Add in the leeks and stir-fry them for a minute, then add in the rest of the vegetables, peppers, cabbage and onions.  When they are all cooked a little, add back in the shrimps, the chili or chili powder.  Add in the coconut milk with some salt and pepper.  The shrimps are cooked really fast so you need to just check if your vegetables are done enough for you.  Don't overcook the shrimps. When you are ready, stir the noodles in to everything else in the wok and leave them for a minute.  Serve the noodles with few fresh coriander leaves on top. 

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