Seafood and noodles is something that I just love together. The combination is simple, tasty, filling and has more than enough flavor to satisfy any seafood lover. Add in some lime, a bit of cilantro and a touch of heat and you have what I consider to be one of the best summertime lunch dishes I can think up, especially when the thermometer reads over 100 degrees.
I usually make shrimp when my wife is going to have to stay at the office during lunch, since it’s not her idea of a mid afternoon meal on most occasions. The plus side is that I can have the shrimp working in the marinade while I’m feeding our son and getting him down for his nap. That way Dad gets to eat as soon as clean up is completed and we’ve finished the ritual of “I just want a cookie!”. A little peace, a little Bourdain and a great bowl of flavor makes for a much nicer afternoon. Don’t you think?
(Note: When mom is home for lunch, we all eat together.)
If you’re not a huge fan of ramen noodles (though I don’t know why you wouldn’t be!), somen or soba noodles work just fine for this as well. If you’re not fond of cilantro, use parsley, mint or Thai basil. You won’t break my heart. Not a fan of chili paste? A good roasted pepper puree with a bit of garlic added would work just as well. Have fun with it!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 4376mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 21g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
This recipe has infinite variations. If you have miso base handy, add a little to the marinade for some drunken miso shrimp. Add some Oyster Sauce for a deeper flavor. If you like shrimp and sesame together, a dash of roasted sesame oil would be a nice addition.
You can move this dish to southwestern in character by using salsa instead of the chili garlic paste, adding a bit of cumin and using tomato sauce or a thin salsa in place of the soy sauce. It really is that versatile. Just have fun with it. Create something!
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