Rice Noodle Salad

looks better than it tastes

Well I had a good streak of good recipes going, this recipe sadly ends that streak.  The recipe comes from the book Barbecue by Clare Ferguson.

I had some pretty high hopes when I started this recipe.  It’s a Thai and Vietnamese inspired salad which sounded delish.  It just didn’t deliver.

To start off with I boiled a pot of water and removed from heat.  I set a colander with rice noodles into the pot and them soak until they were soft.  Then I removed the colander from the hot water and rinsed the noodles under cold water for a few minutes.  I drained and placed the noodles in a large bowl.

soaking
soaking

I added sliced mango, thinly sliced red chiles, coarsely chopped mint and cilantro, and minced ginger to the bowl.

yikes that's a lot of mint going into this salad!
yikes that’s a lot of mint going into this salad!

In a small bowl I mixed peanut oil, minced garlic, thinly sliced green onions, sugar, sesame oil, fish sauce, sesame seeds and rice vinegar.

the dressing
the dressing

I mixed the dressing with the contents of the large bowl and served.

looks better than it tastes
looks better than it tastes

Verdict: Fail!  The noodles and dressing didn’t mix/stick well together.  I also think there was a bit too much cilantro and mint – even though I actually used less than the recipe called for.  Last time I used this cookbook I wasn’t thrilled by the results either, you can read about it here, so I am starting to feel like this cookbook might be a dud.