Friday, January 25, 2013

FFWD Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles

Surprisingly good,  Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles
The recipe chosen for French Fridays this week was, Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles.   I must admit, I was not very excited about this choice.  In fact, if I hadn’t skipped lasts weeks Chicken Liver Gateaux, this would be the week I skipped. This recipe just wasn’t making me drool. After reading some of the comments on the FF site, I was even more unsure.  However, I’m a Dorista! I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone many times before, frequently with unexpected results. Sooooo, I decided to push ahead, albeit with reservations!
Yesterday I braved the very cold weather (8 degrees) and went to the grocery store to buy some shrimp, cellophane noodles, Chinese tree ear mushrooms (which my store didn’t have, so I bought dried porcini) and Chinese 5 spice. I needed those items for this recipe but, while there I picked up a few other groceries like milk, bread, fruit etc.  Today, as I was gathering up my ingredients, I realized I forgot to buy the Chinese 5 spice. I remember looking for it…aahh... but I got distracted by some lovely looking bread in the bakery department. Well, I wasn’t going back into town for one thing so, I googled Chinese 5 spice and made my own. It sure smelled good!
This dish called for adding tomato puree at the end.  However, on the FF site, most who made it with the puree were not happy with the results. I decided to skip the tomato puree. It just didn’t seem to go with the shrimp and noodles. I chose instead to add baby corn, water, and some soy sauce to the shrimp at the end. The results were a tasty additional ingredient and a lovely brown gravy. This dish really surprised me.  It actually tasted very good. Would I make it again?  Hmmm….

This recipe can be found in “Around My French Table"by Dorie Greenspan or  here.

Sautéing the onion, garlic, mushrooms with added corn 
Shrimp and five spice added to the pot
I then added 1+ cups of water with soy sauce to taste
Mixed with the noodles to serve
Sometimes your pleasantly surprised….this was one of those times



29 comments:

  1. It does look much better without the tomato. I don´t like shrimp so there was no point in making this, but I´m intrigued about cellophane noodles since I never had them. Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  2. Hi Kathy! Your shrimp dish looks good-love the baby corns;-)
    Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend;-)

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  3. Yes - I think sans puree, this would have been a lovely dish.

    Glad it worked for you!

    Stay warm.

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  4. Kathy, the shrimp looks delicious. I like the omission of the tomato purée. Soy sauce is soo much tastier. I also like the baby corn addition.

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  5. I like the changes you made with this one! The baby corn sounds nice, and I think you made the right decision leaving out the tomatoes. Yours looks delicious!

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  6. Your version looks so much more appealing than the original! But I am totally onboard with the Chinese 5 Spice blend - it smells heavenly. I just ate the shrimp...

    You've had quite the year for weather. I hope your garden will shine through in the spring so I can live vicariously through your harvest!

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  7. Love the baby corn... great version of this dish. So glad another person found about not using tomatoes.

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  8. I was exactly the opposite; excited about the recipe and then completely underwhelmed by the result. Oh well, Dorie has taught me so much and given me countless amazing recipes. I'll forgive the occasional oddball.

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  9. In stark contrast to most of you, I enjoyed this dish! I didn't use as much tomato puree and made a few other tweaks, and in the end, it was really good.

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  10. Nice work, Kathy! I think the Doristas that enjoyed this most were the ones that made the most changes. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this one at all. Oh, well. Have a great weekend. I hear it's going to warm up early next week. I can't wait...

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  11. The puree was definitely the killer ingredient in this one. Wish I had left it out as well. Everything smelled so good, until.....

    Yours looks lovely with the baby corn.

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  12. I like your addition of baby corn. I used the puree and liked it - just ok, but enjoyable.

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  13. love that you added corn to it! :) looks great! and how nice that you had everything on hand to blend your own five spice!

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  14. I love your baby corn! The dish looks great!

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  15. Looks like good comfort food. And I can understand why you left out the tomato which doesn't seem to really fit...

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  16. Your version sounds delicious, Kathy. I skipped the tomato, too, and am very glad I did.

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  17. Looks like you made some nice tweaks to the recipe! I am definitely thankful for the FFWD group and the early-bird cooks who alerted us to the problems with the puree. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. Your dish looks very tasty, Kathy. You are so very brave to go to the store when it is that cold! I really liked the Chinese 5 spice in this and I am glad that you were able to make your own.

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  19. What a nice addition of the corn(lets)! Your dish looks great.

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  20. This looks really appetizing loaded with shrimps!

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  21. Your added ingredients do seem to go with the dish more than the tomato puree. It does look fetching and fresh - both positives in this cold winter. I'm with you - if I forget an ingredient these days (even after writing them down), I make do!

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  22. This was another interesting recipe! I ended up making it with everything the recipe called for...we were of the few who liked it!

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  23. Kathy, it is probably a good thing that you did not use the tomato purée in your Shrmp & Cellopahne Noodles either - we certainly did not miss it as an ingredient and your dish looks so lovely with all that delicious shrimp, wonderful noodlles and added baby corn, I do not think the purée would have made it better at all. Glad that you could enjoy this dis, even if it will probably not make a repeat appaerance at your house.
    Have a good Tuesday!

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  24. Well it certainly looks delicious! Anything with shrimp in it usually has my attention. I'm not big on cellophane noodles, but they look very appropriate for this dish and I could become a believer.

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  26. I love Asian food Kathy and this dish sounds like something I would gladly eat!

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  27. Well it looks delicious...I've never even heard of cellophane noodles. I do love the way you write Kathy! And I love your honesty!
    xo
    annie

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  28. Wow, I can't believe the COLD weather you all are getting this year! 8 degrees! Your dish looks delicious-- the shrimp looks so good with the cellophane noodles. That sounds like a good idea to leave off the tomato paste. The sauce sounds like it was light and perfect without it. Great post and hope you all stay warm!!

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  29. I missed visiting you last week! I love your tweaks (especially skipping the puree!!!). Looks delish!

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