The other day we had a dear old friend come by for a visit. As my prep time for cooking is limited these days with two young ones always on the go, I briefly entertained the idea of ordering in from our favorite Thai restaurant: http://www.goldenthai.ca
However, looking in my fridge, I saw that we had an exceptional amount of cilantro left over from our Front Door Organics delivery http://www.frontdoororganics.org
So, to task I went. The small amount of effort it took to buy a few extra staples was relatively painless and the minimal prep time and results made this a definite culinary success.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious dish:
Ingredients (serves 2-3 people):
1 whole package of flat rice noodles
1 whole package of fresh or frozen wild caught “flying”/regular shrimp
1 slightly under-ripe, green mango
1 cup of bean sprouts
1/2 package of firm tofu
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow onion
1/4 cup of peanuts/cashews
3-5 tbsp of fish sauce
3-5 tbsp of thai chili sauce
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 sprigs of cilantro
2-3 lemon wedges
Boil pot of water. Turn off element.
Soak rice noodles in boiled water for 3-5 minutes until softened. Rinse noodles and set aside.
Turn element on to high setting, add olive oil once pan is very hot. Turn heat down to medium setting, and add garlic and onions. Stir fry for approximately 3-5 minutes until onions are slightly golden in colour. Add fresh or defrosted flying shrimp and diced tofu to pan and stir fry for an additional 8-10 minutes until shrimp is a nice pinkish colour all around and has been cooked through. Add rice noodles, then fish and chili sauce and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
Transfer dish onto plates. Add thinly sliced red peppers, as well as finely chopped peanuts or cashews, and finish with a few sprigs of cilantro on top. Place large but thin slices of mango, bean sprouts, and a lemon wedge on the side.
Serve meal with a cool refreshing beverage such as sparkling lime cordial, some jazzy dinner music, and light up the night with some natural beeswax candles and your own effervescent self. Happy entertaining!