Sunday, May 15, 2011

Challenge recipe 12: Phad Siewe

I actually made this one the day after I made the ninjabread men, but posting two recipes back to back seemed waaaaaaaaaaay too much like hard work. Anyway, my point is that it's been a couple of weeks and I might be struggling to remember what I did here!! Here's the book:

Phad siewe translates as 'fried noodles with sweet soy sauce'. And as usual, I've probably mangled it so much that it's unrecognisable. But the good thing about the recipes in this book is that they tend to ENCOURAGE you to do that! Anyway, here's what you'll need:

Start by placing the rice noodles in a saucepan:

Cover them with cold water and let them soak for half an hour:

Meanwhile, julienne a carrot (and make a note not to use red chopping boards in the future...):

Slice a capsicum thinly:

Chop up a bunch of bok choy:

And slice up some chicken:

By the time you've done all of that, the half hour for the noodles will probably be up, so drain the water off:

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil:

And add the noodles, a little at a time, and cook for 30 seconds or so.

Then pull them out and dump them on a plate:

Do the same with all the vegetables, only forget to take photos... While all of that is going on, you can make up the sauce. Put two teaspoons of garlic into a small bowl:

Add two tablespoons of sugar:

And 4 tablespoons of light soy sauce:

At this point, you're meant to add like 5 drops of dark soy sauce. But I didn't have any, so I left it out... Instead, I added the juice of half a lime (because lime makes everything better) and some pepper and stirred it all together:

Next, heat up a couple of tablespoons of oil in your really gross $15 wok that rather needs replacing:

And cook the chicken until browned:

Once the chicken's cooked, dump in the noodles and the vegetables and the sauce:

Stir it all together:

And serve with lime wedges and more cracked pepper:

The verdict? It was pretty good. Although it mostly tasted like lime and black pepper, so I'm not sure how much resemblance it bore to the original recipe! But it made enough for four meals, and it was pretty quick and easy, so I'll probably make some variation on it again.

K xx

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