Since working in a Chinese restaurant i have really branched out in the foods that I eat. A few months a go chilli would have been off my radar but now I see myself adding it to more and more things. It is a welcome kick to any dish! We get a free meal for every night we work & I find myself trying new things all the time. I had never had a Chinese take-away before I worked in one and now when I’m having a cosy night in, I find it really difficult to choose between Chinese and pizza; and I am a pizza addict! From foo yung, king do and kung po to sichuan and satay; I’ve tried it all.
Working with Chinese people has really opened my eyes to different cultures and cuisines. They don’t ever have mashed potatoes in China!! How can you live without ever having mashed potatoes?? Walking into the kitchen every night is always exciting to see what they’ve cooked for their dinner. Sea Bream is a popular choice, as well as some meat free dish made from aubergine! They’ve always got something different every night to go with their chicken noodles or steamed rice! Sometimes it looks awful and other times I just want to dig in myself. I’ve tried a few strange things since working there, but all have been surprisingly really nice. Unfortunately they don’t always know the name of the things in English so I cant look them up :(. Below is one of the fruits I’ve tried, Longon or in Chinese 龙眼. It’s like an extremely juicy and sweet grape, so tasty. They have an outer shell that you peel off, and a big pip in the centre that you eat around. It’s really expensive to get them in Ireland, but they kindly shared a few with me!
Garlic, there’s no better flavour in the world. I am a garlic fanatic; I’d have it in everything if I could. These noodles are packed full of flavour from the prawns, garlic and chilli. Leave out the chilli if you aren’t a fan! I used to never add it to anything, I just couldn’t handle the heat, but I’ve definitely built up my spicyness tolerance ( i totally made that up haha) in the past few months. I only used half a chilli in this recipe, but it can easily be made more mild or spicy by adding less or more chilli. Noodles are a staple ingredient for quick and tasty meals. They only take a few minutes to cook and you really can add anything to them. This recipe was inspired by typical Asian flavours. Bean sprouts are another thing I would never have thought of trying,. Then I had fried noodles and now I am in love! They haven’t really got an overwhelming flavour, but I love them in noodles with some other veggies like sugar snap peas.
Spicy Prawn Noodles
Makes; one big portion
About 6 king prawns
1/2 red chilli
2 cloves garlic
1tsp veg oil
30g sugar snap peas
2 spring onions
2tbsp light soy sauce
2 noodle nests
– Place the garlic, chilli and a pinch of salt into a pestle & mortar and crush to a paste. Add this to a bowl with the prawns and the oil and pop back in the fridge.
– Slice the carrots, peas, onion and spring onion into thin strips. Rinse in a colander with the bean sprouts.
– Heat a wok over a high heat with some vegetable oil and add in the veg. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until softened.
– Place the noodles in boiling water and cook as per packet instructions.
– Add the prawns to the wok and cook for 3-4 minutes until pink and cooked through.
– Add the soy sauce to the wok, and stir through the vegetables.
– Drain the noodles and add to the wok, stir frying for 2 minutes.
– Put everything into a nice bowl and enjoy the spicy garlicy goodness!