A mother-daughter conversation on food and cooking (mostly)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Summertime Noodle Bowls

I think Lawson has made versions of this dish for you and Dad a few times. We made it a few weeks ago; now, looking back, I realize it was the last meal of summer. We had a cold snap...temperatures have dropped into the 30s at night...and while it's clear and beautiful here, it's definitely no longer the season for grilled shrimp and cooling rice noodles and bowls full of fresh herbs.

There are a few consistent ingredients in this dish; the rest depends on what you have around:
  • rice vermicelli, soaked and then briefly boiled and rinsed
  • leafy things: a mixture of fresh herbs and lettuces, especially Thai basil, mint, and cilantro
  • crunchy things: bean sprouts, red peppers, sweet onions, and/or cucumbers, attractively cut
  • meat and/or tofu, cooked some delicious way
  • raw peanuts, chopped
  • a sauce made of equal parts lime juice and fish sauce to pour liberally over everything
We just prepare everything and layer it in bowls. Lawson makes a big batch of the sauce in an old vinegar bottle and puts it on the table.

This particular time I bought some local shrimp and Lawson marinated them briefly in lime juice, lemongrass, and some other stuff. We grilled them with the shells on -- something I LOVE but which is not worth it unless the shrimp are really fresh and pretty. Lawson removes the slightly charred shells but I eat the whole shrimp, shell and all.

1 comment:

Kris said...

Ooh, I remember those wonderful noodles with shrimp and herbs and fish sauce! Please make those for us again.