Make It: Vermicelli Noodle Bowl

In an effort to reuse some of the noodles and veggies that I used yesterday for my Thai Fresh Spring Rolls, I chose to make another favorite and a close relative of what I made yesterday: a Vermicelli Noodle Bowl.

Vermicelli Noodle Bowl:

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Shrimp and Noodles:

  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 2 skewers
  • 8 medium shrimp, with shells
  • 1 (8 ounce) package rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 cup finely chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pickled carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped diakon radish
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Thai basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts

Whisk together vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Set the sauce aside.

Heat vegetable oil a small skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook and stir and softened and lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Skewer 4 shrimp on each skewer and grill until they turn pink and are charred on the outside, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Set aside.

Note: I used the precooked shrimp that you can buy at the fish and poultry counter at the market, saves time and you don’t have to worry about extra fat since all they do is boil it. I also used some of the noodles that I already had prepared, so it can be thrown together in a matter of minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add vermicelli noodles and cook until softened, 12 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water, stirring to separate the noodles.

Assemble the vermicelli bowl by placing the cooked noodles in one half of each serving bowl and the lettuce and bean sprouts in the other half. Top each bowl with cucumbers, carrots, daikon, cilantro, Thai basil, mint, peanuts, and the caramelized shallots. Serve with shrimp skewers on top and sauce on the side. Pour sauce over the top and toss thoroughly to coat before eating. (I microwaved my sauce for about 40 seconds to make it warm before tossing it in with my noodles, makes all the difference.)

Thanks and happy eats,

Lisa

 

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