Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Second Post: Coconut Curry Noodles

Only the second post and I'm already getting serious. I just made up this recipe tonight with what I had in my cupboards and fridge. It's coconut curry bean thread noodles with Morningstar mock beef strips, bok choy, green bell pepper, onion, garlic. Simple, tasty and filling. Serves two, maybe 3-4 with smaller portions.

Behold, the finished plated dinner:

Not necessarily the best looking dish in the world, but darn tasty. Next time, I might just sauce the noodles, plate them first and then lay everything else on top for a better picture. My camera isn't the best, either.

So, you wanna make this dish? Let's go:

60g onion, sliced in half moon strips
5-10g garlic (one big clove) minced
50g bok choy, roughly chopped
100g green bell pepper, cut in squares/rough chop

2oz bean thread noodlesHere's what 2oz looks like (rice noodles would work ok, too)
1T Green Curry Paste
1 small can (5.5oz) coconut milk

1 package Morningstar Meal Starters Steak Strips

one 5-6c pot to boil water for noodles
one 12-14 inch wide, 2 inch deep pan
one heat resistant silicone spatula (or whatever device you use. I have a big one in orange and a small one in green. And a spoonula in green.)
one pasta spoon
one strainer of some sort

What to do:
1. Prep! Or, as chefs say, mise en place. This helps everything go smoothly. (Don't worry, I don't always do this, but I should!) What do you need to prep or set your mise? Chop the veggies, open the coconut milk and curry paste, get the noodles out and ready to pop in the water, open the mock beef strips.
2. Fill the pot with water, cover, and set on burner to boil.
3. On medium heat, use about one Tablespoon or less of oil (just enough to coat bottom of pan. Cooking spray is even better, but I'm out.)
4. Once pan is heated, add onions and cook until they start to brown.
5. Once the onions are starting to brown, add the whole package of Morningstar Beef Strips. Cook these for 10-15 minutes until quite brown, like this:

6. Sometime while the strips are cooking with the onions, the water should be boiling and ready for noodle action.
7. Once strips are brown enough for you, add bok choy, green peppers and garlic.
8. Stir these ingredients and cook for 2-3 minutes.
9. Drain and rinse the bean threads, add to rest of ingredients in pan.
10. Now add in the coconut milk. Note: I went for more of a thick flavoring rather than an actual liquidy curry. Feel free to add more coconut milk if you wish. Lite coconut milk works well, too.
11. Stir in the 1T of curry paste, more or less to taste. once dissolved, you're done!!!

Click Here for Full Nutrition Information. This Info is for one serving where the whole recipe equals 2 servings. So, if you made this into four recipes, make sure you cut the nutrition info in half. Make sense? Good.

So that was dinner tonight. I am not sure if I will have more photos, less photos, or lots and lots of links. We'll see how this goes. Hope you enjoyed.


Rozlynn said...

Ich liebe das WORLD WIDE WEB! I Googled these random items that I have in my pantry "coconut milk curry bead thread" and look what I find!!!! Wanted to see if it's been done before and it has... I don't have any bok choy though, gotta get me sum.

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