|The end product, Chilled Udon Noodle and Shrimp Salad with Pickled Cucumbers and Radishes|
I went to the market and bought all my ingredients.
The pickled radish and cucumber adds a nice acidity to the dish. Since it requires a few hours to pickle, it is best to start this ahead of time.
- 4 radishes
- 2 small cucumbers
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp Sriracha
Chilled Udon Noodle Salad:
Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles per the package recommendation. I normally cook the noodles 1-2 minutes less that recommended because the noodles will continue to cook once out of the water.
This is a perfect time to start on the dressing for the noodles:
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (mirin)
- 1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate (this is optional but adds a nice tartness)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tsp toasted sesame oil (use 2 tsp now, reserve 1 tsp for later)
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 serrano pepper
|Dressing for noodles|
Once the noodles have cooked, drain the water, place in a plastic bowl and add the dressing. Ensure all the noodles are coated with the dressing. Set aside.
Veggies from the market
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 bok choy
- 1 carrot
- 10 asparagus
- 10 sugar snap peas
- 1 bunch cilantro (reserve until the end)
- 1 bunch mint (reserve until the end)
- 1 hand full bean sprout (reserve until the end)
|Veggies ready to cook, separated according to cooking time|
Place the cooked veggies with the noodles and coat with 1 additional tsp of toasted sesame oil. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.
|Noodles and veggies ready to go into the fridge|
30 minutes before dinner defrost the shrimp by placing them in a bowl under cool running water. Once the shrimp have defrosted, season them with salt, pepper, vegetable oil and a pinch of sugar to facilitate caramelization. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium-high - when hot, add the shrimp. Allow the shrimp to cook for 2 minutes on one side, and then turn and continue to cook for 1 minute.
Roughly chop cilantro, mint and the greens of scallion and mix into the noodles. Plate the noodles and place the shrimp on top. Garnish with the pickled cucumbers and radishes and sesame seeds.
|Chilled Udon Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Pickled Cucumbers and Radishes|