The next recipe tagged will the be last recipe I will be making from this cookbook. I have gone through the entire book and have not found another recipe that peaks my interest. It is a beautiful book, very large with lots of great photos. But I have really had a hard time finding recipes I want to make and finding recipes with ingredients I have available to buy.
The cookbook I am talking about is Thai Street Food.
The recipe tagged was for something that looked and sounded great – Prawns with Glass Noodles.
To start with I soaked glass noodles, also called cellophane noodles and bean thread noodles, are a Chinese noodle which are thin and transparent. The noodle soaked in hot water until they were pliable. Then I drained them.
I used my mortar and pestle to coarsely crush cilantro root, garlic and white peppercorns.
Then I warmed chicken stock on the stove and added oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar. I stirred to combine it all.
I preheated my oven to 400 degrees F and placed a pot into the oven for 10 minutes. I removed the pot, put it on the stove over low heat and put uncooked pieces of bacon on the bottom.
Then the glass noodles.
Followed by the cilantro root/garlic/peppercorn mixture and the broth mixture.
And last added some large shrimp.
I brought the liquid to a boil, then placed the lid on the pot and placed it in the oven for 10 minutes.
I removed the cilantro root and then plated the noodles topping with some ground white pepper and cilantro leaves.
The Verdict: Not really that great I thought. It wasn’t overly flavorful and I felt it was kind of lacking something. All in all I would say I have made of mixed good and bad recipes from this cookbook. But the good news about retiring this cookbook is it makes room to add another cookbook!