Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fun food - rice stick noodles with Arctic char

I'm doing a give-away. In this case everyone gets to be a winner. I have written a small document that includes 100 soups with no more than 5 ingredients. All you have to do to get a copy (via a Word document as an email attachment) is to write to me here: This is whimsical and fun. Let me entertain you.

Yesterday I did not feel able to resume blogging. I was ill in the night and most of the day. However, today I was on the mend, back to eating and prepared an eclectic dish for dinner comprised of Asian rice stick noodles, Arctic char, broccoli, and some duck broth. Seasonings were Asian and this endeavor was original and delicious (as in yum yum). It falls under the heading of “make something with what you have.” This is what I call “fun food.” I haven't said this in a long time: all my recipes are for two people unless otherwise designated.

Noodles, vegetables and fish
2 filets of Arctic char, 4 oz each
sesame oil
3 oz rice stick noodles, soaked in hot tap water for 10 minutes, drained and set aside
2 cups broth (chicken, duck or turkey)
frozen peas or edamame, or broccoli florets cut fine (I used a bit of each)
fish sauce to taste
soy sauce to taste
½ tsp miso paste
pinch red pepper flakes to taste
juice of ¼ lemon or ½ lime
2 Tbs finely chopped cilantro

Bring the char to room temperature, rub it lightly with sesame oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and then steam it for 8 minutes. Remove the skin, break into bite-size pieces and set it aside.

Soak the noodles in hot tap water to cover for 10 minutes. Drain.

While the noodles soak, heat the 2 cups broth to a simmer.

Add remaining ingredients to the broth (except juice and cilantro) plus the noodles and bring back to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add noodles.

Serve the noodles and vegetables in large, hot soup bowls with the pieces of char on top, and garnish with the lemon or lime juice and some cilantro.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Glad you're feeling better! I made a dish using those rice noodles recently, also. They're so tasty!

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

i'm sorry you were ill... i love those rice noodles... and am now inspired! xx

Kitchen Belleicious said...

the easiest and simplest dishes tend to be the best! Hope you get better soon

Anh said...

i love noodles, and this is such a lovely recipe.

Jenn said...

This sounds fantastic, Stephen! I always forget about rice stick noodles.. thanks for the reminder!

Glad you are feeling better :)

Mary said...

I love the Asian flavors you have used here, Stephen. I adore rice noodles as well. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2012 brings only good things your way.Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Shu Han said...

that sounds lovely!

there are some tips to getting those rice vermicelli noodles cooked yet springy and not clumpy/sticking to the bottom. you either soak it in cold water for about half hour to an hour before using it in your cooking, or do a quick 30s boil in boiling water, drain, cover and let it 'steam' kind of like rice. when you stirfry it, add some stock (just a bit) and then add in your soaked/parboiled rice noodles, it will soak up the stock and finish cooking to the right texture! (:

that said, your noodles do look lovely anyway, so i will give your hot soak method a try one day too! arctic char sounds delish, nv heard of it till today!

Chris said...

Sick? Ick!

You should eat some soup, it's perfect when you're ailing. Oh..wait, you already did.

Shooting you an email. Glad that you're feeling better, Stephen!

Pam said...

Hope this finds you fine in the new year! I'm sure this soup is the cure, it sounds great!

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