King Prawn Noodles

Wok fried egg noodle, King Prawns, vegetables and a delicious light sesame honey sauce.

A very quick and easy recipe for some very delicious noodles – Wok fried in minutes with a light sweet and savoury sauce.

This dish can easily be adapted, swapping the prawns for diced cooked chicken or using Tofu for vegetarians. You can also experiment with different vegetables – green beans, mushrooms and Chinese green vegetables all work well too.

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Serves two

Preparation 10 minutes, cooking less than 10 minutes.

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Method and ingredients

For the sauce:

2 dessert spoons sesame seeds

2 dessert spoons light soy sauce

1 dessert spoon dark soy sauce

1 dessert spoon Shaoxing rice wine

1 dessert spoon white vinegar (or rice vinegar)

1 dessert spoon honey

1 dessert spoon oyster sauce

2 tsps. sesame oil

Method: Mix well in a bowl and set aside ready to add to wok.

 

For the main dish:

2 nests medium thick egg noodles

500ml chicken stock – to cook noodles in

2 tbsp. wok oil – to fry dish

1 tbsp. vegetable oil – to cook prawns

10-12 large raw King prawns – shells removed

6 cloves garlic – peel, crush and chop

Thumb root ginger – peel, cut into matchsticks

2 large red chillies – removes stalks and seeds, finely chop

1 medium/large white onion – peel, pull layers apart and dice into large chunks

1/2 red bell pepper – dice (same size as onion)

1 stick celery – diced

1 carrot – cut into thin batons

Method: The first step is to cook the prawns and the noodles so they are ready to add to the wok.

To cook the prawns heat 1 tbsp. vegetable oil in the wok until smoking hot and add the prawns. Stir fry for 60-90 seconds then remove prawns and place on absorbent paper – you want to just cook the prawns and no more, remove them the second they turn from grey to white/pink as they will finish cooking in final dish.

Cook the noodles as per packet instructions but use chicken stock instead of water, this will add extra flavour to the noodles. Once cooked drain and set aside ready to add to the wok.

Wipe the wok clean then add 2 tbsp. of wok oil and heat until smoking hot – keep hob on max setting. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and stir fry for 30-60 seconds. Add the onion, pepper, celery and carrot and stir fry for a further 90 seconds, you want these to retain crunch for texture.

Add the cooked noodles, followed by the prawns, stir well and fry until warmed through (should take 30-60 seconds). Add the sauce to the dish and stir well until combined, stir fry for 45-60 seconds until dish is steaming hot. Remove from the heat and serve straight away in a nice noodle bowl, chopsticks entirely optional 🙂

 

 

Prawn and Blue Swimming Crab Salad with Korean Chilli dressing

Salad with cold water prawns, chunks of blue swimming crab and a Korean style sesame and chilli dressing.

The summer season is finally here in Edinburgh after a long, cold, dark winter and with it comes salad season. I love nothing more than a good fresh salad on a warm summers day, in fact I have been dreaming about one all winter – there is something about a summer’s day that just says “salad”, or maybe its just me!

With this salad of cold water prawns, blue swimming crab meat, eggs, romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red chilli, yellow bell pepper and red onion, the twist comes with the dressing which transforms the salad to something really special. The dressing is made from sesame seeds, sesame oil, dark soy sauce, honey, vinegar and the essential Korean ingredient – gochujang chilli paste.

I always find it hard to put into words exactly how my food tastes, but one thing I can say for sure is that the dressing transforms an ordinary salad into a truly exotic and fun dish.

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Serves two as main dish or four as a starter

Ingredients and method

The salad

120-150g crab meat – I used blue swimming crab

125-150g cold water prawns – pre cooked, shell and head removed

1 romaine lettuce – wash, dry and roughly shred

4 large round tomatoes – cut into eighths 

10-15 cm cucumber – cut into medium thick slices

4 pre boiled eggs – see method

1 red onion – thinly slice

1 yellow bell pepper –  cut into small pieces or dice

1 large red chilli – thing slice, keep seeds in for spice (optional)

Method: To boil the eggs – bring a medium-sized sauce pan to the boil then carefully add the eggs one at a time into the water, take care not to drop them in too quickly or they will crack (remove and discard if they crack). Reduce heat so pan is gently boiling and cook for 10 minutes.

After this remove eggs and place them in a bowl of cold water to stop them cooking. Once cooled remove from water and set aside. To remove the shells take the egg and tap the egg against the worktop until it starts to crack, turn the egg and continue to tap so that you crack the egg all the way round (imagine a line round egg and follow it). Once you have cracked the egg all the way round the shell you should be able to gently pull the shell and membrane away from the egg.

Assemble the ingredients, layering them in a large salad bowl ready for the dressing.

For the Korean dressing

1 heaped dessert spoon gochujang chilli paste

1 dessert spoon dark soy sauce

1 dessert spoon clear honey

1 dessert spoon vinegar

1 heaped dessert spoon sesame seeds

2 teaspoons sesame oil

Method: Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until combined. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 45-60 mins, to allow flavours to develop. Before serving mix well again, then drizzle over the salad, then mix well so it coats everything. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

 

 

Korean crispy Sesame chicken with fried chilli noodles

My take on Sesame chicken – Korean style.

Chicken marinated for 2-3 hours in dark soy sauce and sesame then coated in corn flour just before being deep fried. I used a chicken supreme breast with bone in to give extra juicy flavour, although you could use diced breast, wings, thighs or drumsticks if you wish. Don’t be concerned by the dark colour of the fried chicken, its not overdone, the dark soy colours the crispy corn flour coating.

Noodles are stir fried along with vegetables, ginger, garlic, gochujan (Korean fermented chilli paste) , honey, vinegar and dark soy sauce – they are so tasty they would be a great meal by themselves.

A rich sesame sauce completes the dish, made from Tahini, peanuts, gochujan, dark soy, sesame oil, garlic and vinegar. This is warmed through in a separate sauce pan then poured over the crispy fried chicken.

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Serves two people

Preparation 30 minutes (plus 2-3hrs marinating time)

Cooking time 10-15 minutes

Ingredients

For the fried chicken:

2 chicken breasts, bone in (I used chicken supreme cut- see above notes)

4 desert spoons sesame seeds

2 desert spoons sesame oil

2 desert spoons dark soy sauce

Vegetable oil to deep fry (approx 180०c)

Approx 75g corn flour (enough in a bowl to coat chicken) 

Use a food bag, put all the ingredients in and massage them into the chicken. Tie the bag and marinate in fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight. Remove from fridge at least 20 minutes before cooking to bring chicken to room temperature.

For the stir fried noodles:

1 tablespoon wok oil

6 trimmed broccoli spears

8 trimmed green beans (cut into 3-4cm lengths)

1 carrot (cut into thin matchsticks)

1 red chilli (thinly sliced)

6 baby corn (thinly sliced)

1 red onion (cut into thin strips) 

2 portions of cooked medium thick egg noodles

Handful of peanuts

Thumb of ginger (cut into very fine matchsticks)

2 teaspoon sesame seeds

1 desert spoon gochujan

1 desert spoon honey

1 desert spoon vinegar

2 desert spoons dark soy sauce

4 cloves garlic (crush, finely chop)

Place all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl ready to fry. In a separate bowl make the noodle flavour mixture – mix the ginger, sesame seeds, gochujan, honey, vinegar and garlic. Stir well until combined.

For the sesame sauce:

4 desert spoons Tahini paste

4 desert spoons peanuts

1 desert spoon gochujan

2 desert spoons dark soy sauce

1 desert spoon sesame oil

3 cloves garlic

1 desert spoon vinegar

Add all the ingredients to a mini blender and whizz into a smooth sauce ready to be heat through just before serving.

 

Get cooking!

You need a wok, pan for deep frying and a small saucepan to heat the sesame sauce.

  1. Start by pre heating the oil to around 180०c. Remove the chicken from the bag and roll in the cornflour ensuring the chicken is well coated. Place carefully in the oil and deep fry for 6-8 minutes until chicken turns dark brown and floats in the oil. Remove and sit on a plate with absorbent paper.
  2. Add a tablespoon of wok oil to the wok and heat on maximum hob setting until smoking hot. Add the bowl of vegetables and stir fry for 1 minute, keeping hob at maximum setting. Next add the noodle flavour mixture and stir fry for a further minute. Next add the noodles and stir through so the noodles are coated in the sauce. Stir fry for a further minute until piping hot.
  3. In a separate saucepan heat the sesame sauce through to the boil, stirring to make sure the sauce does not burn on the pan bottom.
  4. Place the noodles on serving plates, place chicken on top then pour the sesame sauce over the chicken.
  5. Serve and enjoy!