The Last for Thai Street Food

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.

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Then I warmed chicken stock on the stove and added oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar.  I stirred to combine it all.

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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.

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Then the glass noodles.

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Followed by the cilantro root/garlic/peppercorn mixture and the broth mixture.

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And last added some large shrimp.

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I brought the liquid to a boil, then placed the lid on the pot and placed it in the oven for 10 minutes.

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I removed the cilantro root and then plated the noodles topping with some ground white pepper and cilantro leaves.

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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!