Hello everyone and welcome to another recipe post here in Padi’s gastroblog!
Since I just closed another chapter in my life I thought I would share with you guys a dish that I discovered and learn to love during my year in Edinburgh. Contradictorily enough, the highlight of Edinburgh’s food has been Thai Food. More specifically, we have all been obsessed with the food served at the Thai Caravan. “The Caravan”, as we like to call it, is quite a unique concept of restaurant where you will be asked to squeeze with strangers in considerably small tables and your food will most probably be served in cardboard boxes. Sounds good right? haha. Well the food is so amazing and affordable that we just couldn’t care less! We absolutely love it!
Having got so into Thai food, I thought I’d give it a go at home and try to reproduce some of my favourite recipes including this stir-fried prawn noodles that you are about to learn about. I would say it didn’t come out that bad! But you will be my judges. Let’s begin!
Ingredients (3 portions):
- 1 bag of noodles (not the ones for the microwave please)
- 1 brocoli
- 1 red pepper
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion
- 5-10 mushrooms (it will depend on their size of course)
- 1 pack of king prawns (chicken breast can work as well if you prefer the chicken version)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 “clove” of ginger
- 1 lemon
- Soy sauce
- Olive oil
Let’s do all the cleaning first
As we do in every recipe, we are gonna wash and rinse all the vegetables and the mushrooms (yes, mushrooms are not veggies haha). After that we will have to chop all of them up. In the case of the brocoli, just cut the big “trunk” out and then cut it in small “brocoli trees” just as you can see in the picture. I recommend washing the brocoli right after is cut since it is easier to rinse but you can totally do it before hand.
And for the garlic and ginger, make sure you cut in the tinniest smallest little pieces because we want them to release all the flavour but not to find them in our food.
You gotta stir to make a stir-fried dish
Once we have all the cuttable things chopped, we are gonna heat up a pan and add two table spoons of olive oil. Then we will add half of the garlic and ginger pieces and stir for a minute. Right after that, we are gonna add the prawns (either frozen or fresh) and keep stirring until they look brownie and delicious!
To help this happen, I recommend you add a bit of soy sauce during the stirring to gave them more of an intense flavour and colour. Look at them! We are gonna take them out and save them till the end.
Next, we are going to be adding over the same pan all the veggies and the other half of the garlic and ginger and you know what to do: stir, stir and more stirring. When they look half done (a bit soft but not brown yet) add the mushrooms and keep stirring a bit more until they look nicely done. Just like this!
Looks great right? Well its time to add the prawns back and move on to the next step!
Don’t forget about the noodles
It is quite easy but we should remember to cook the noodles just before the veggies are done. They will only take around 4 minutes to cook in some boiling water so try to calculate the time so that you can rinse them and add them before they stick together.
Again, now that the noodles are in the pan, we have to stir and stir again to mix them up with the rest of the ingredients. Also, do not forget to add a generous amount of soy sauce again. This will give the noodles the right consistency and flavour. I recommend you have a taste to adjust the amount of sauce you need.
And….your noodles are ready to be devoured
There are a lot of veggies in this this so don’t be scared of serving a nice portion on your plate. I can tell you it is not as filling as it looks. So be generous come on!
Right before jumping onto you dish I recommend you squeeze a bit of lemon on top of it. This will give the noodles, together with the ginger, that typical sour flavour you get in Thai restaurants. It enhances the rest of the flavours and makes the dish even more amazing!
So there’s nothing left to say just…bon appetite!!! or as they say in Thailand:
I hope that actually means that and I also hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!.
Have a lovely day and see you soon in the next post!