Thursday 21 January 2010

Xiā Rén/ Lúsǔn Chow Mein (Stir-fried Shrimp and Asparagus with Noodles)

This one-pot, quick and easy, stir fry noodles became a family favourite, from the very first time I made this dish. I have accompanied the noodles with some fried shrimps and asparagus but feel free to combine any of your favourite vegetables.

I love Asparagus not only because it is my best ally when I diet (atleast when I pretend to do so..) but also because these tasty and tender asparagus pair so well with the shrimps that I don't want to add more vegetables which might offset the mild and delicate flavour of this combination.

You might think I took this recipe from a typical chinese cookbook or something by seeing the name and all but beleive me, I had a hard time searching for the translation on the net but also enjoyed learning new words in Chinese while searching a title for my recipe :):) (By the way, please feel free to correct me if I have mistakes in the title)

Actually, I found the Europeanised version of this recipe in one of my cook books; Though the stir-fry seemed to be adapted very well using the Capellinis, the words "stir-fry" and "quick tossing" gave me ideas to give an East Asain touch to the dish and so, with the addition of some of my fetish ingredients, it turned out to be a tasty, spicy and ravishing stir-fry that seduced everybody at home. hope you'll let me know how my Chow Mein tasted, here's the recipe:

Ingredients: ( for 4)
250g white Asparagus (You may use green as well)
4 tbsp sesame seeds
a tbsp finely chopped garlic
a tbsp finely chopped ginger
4 to 6 spring onions
500g Shrimps ( or Prawns)
5 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tbsp Sherry dry Mirin
3 tbsp sesame oil
Salt a pinch of salt + 1 tbsp thick soya sauce
Pepper a pinch of pepper + 1 tbsp chilly garlic sauce ( a little more of you like it hot)
Capellinis Asian Wheat flour Egg noodles (for 4)

Method:
Prepare all the main ingredients.

Cut the woody ends of the Asparagus and peel them by holding it flat at it's base and peel it by starting from the tip upto it's base. If you've got large sizes, then, cut off several inches from the base as the flesh might be firm and fibrous. Wash with water without soaking, drain them and bind them in bundles. Cook in boiling salted water for about 5 to10 minutes, depending on the size. They should become tender. Drain and Rinse them under cold water immediately and drain once again. Chop them into pieces of 2 cm long and keep aside.

Roast the sesame seeds on a pan on medium heat, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove the white part from the spring onions (you can store them for later use). Chop the green part into small pieces of 5 mm long.

Clean and prepare the shrimps/prawns. Prepare the ginger and garlic.

Cook the Noodles as per the instructions and keep it ready.

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok, or a big wide kadai, add the garlic and ginger along with the Shrimps and stir fry quickly, on high flame for a minute or two.

Add the Mirin and continue stir-frying for another couple of minutes by stirring continuously. The shrimps become a little darker, now,pour the soya and the chilly-garlic sauces and pepper and continue stirring until the mixture reduces a little. Check and correct salt if necessary. (Soya sauce has enough salt already!!!)

Add the Asparagus and mix well.
Add the cooked noodles and toss well so that it is all well coated.
Add the spring onions now and and continue stir-frying and tossing for a minute.

Remove off the fire. Add the sesame oil and toss the noodles well. (Check and correct the seasoning).

Sprinkle the sesame seeds and serve immediately. Enjoy!!!

Viki from Viki's kitchen and kitchen queen from khatta meetha theeka passed me this lovely award today.


I'm deeply honoured to receive this beautiful gift from you girls. Thank you so much!!!!! I would like to share this award with all of you readers!!! Cheers !!!!

33 comments:

SriLekha said...

looks so yummy!

Priya said...

Woww Vino, such a tempting chow mein..paathathume pasikuthu..i fond always for these sort of tempting noodles..Congrats on ur award..

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a tempting and a wonderful click...Ur pics and presentation style is always too good...i loved the recipe as well...havent tried using shrimps in chowmein,but surely must be good and a must try for sure...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Wow!!I felt going back to S'pore just by looking at ur click my dear..Looks irresistibly delicious:)Feel like grabbing the entire plate now:D

Erica said...

Shrimp and aspaargus are two of my favorite ingredients! That looks delicious!

Mona said...

Delicious!

Asha said...

GORGEOUS!

Gulmohar said...

Awesome..you just killed me Vinolia...You don't know how hungry I'm now.:D Thanks for this authentic recipe !!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Very delectable indeed, this is quite similar to
our Mee Goreng (fried noodle) which is one of the hawker favourites here.

Padma said...

Looks so tempting and nice presentation. Adding sesame seeds would have a nice curnchy taste right. Congrats on your well deserved award.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats......I love the step by step method.very tempting.

Latha said...

Oh my...what a coincidence....we are having noodles for dinner but no shrimps :(. Lovely clicks and very inviting chowmein.

Cham said...

Ok I am knocking ur door now for this tempting pict Vino! C'est trop bon !

Sashi said...

Very tempting .. Liked the step by step explanation.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks yummy Akka. Love the presentation.

kothiyavunu said...

chow mein makes me drool, looks so yummy..your pics made me get tempted. So wud give it a try soon!Thanks for sharing!!

Soma Pradhan said...

This is looking simply superba nd irrestible for me..Love shrimps anytime

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

you have combined it really well. looks perfect.

Malar Gandhi said...

Vino, that looks incredibly beautiful, love the way u presented it...

I love Sriracha sauce...use it widely as a dipping sauce for fries too:)

Chow mein, Lo mein ...I don't know the diff'...but what I do know is...they all taste 'awesome'.:)

Tina said...

Really so tempting dear....What a lovely and perfect clicks?

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome clicks and fabulous recipe..Looks terrific and yummy...

Padhu said...

Wow! Nice pictures but it took time to load. (just a feedback to let you know)

Jean's Saappadu said...

Thanks to all dearies for leaving a word :)

Cham, tu es la bienvenue, viens nous rejoindre!!

Padhu, thank you for the information; it must be because of the images; I reduced the size of some of them, hope it's better now!!

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Un plat qui a beaucoup de goût et de saveurs.
je note.
A bientôt.

Parita said...

Congratulations o on your awards, very well deserved dear! Your pics have come out awesome!!

Vrinda said...

Oh My,Mouthwatering pics..i had seen white asparagus,but haven't tried anything yet...nice recipe....

Preety said...

looks perfect

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious recipe

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Speak about shrimp and noodles mmm count me in for dinner :) with asparagus its like having wonderful food!!! Love the pics, very tempting!!!

Cham said...

Un de ces jours je visiterai surement toi et Priya quand je ferai un saut a Paris pour visiter ma famille et amis :)

Aux délices des gourmets said...

une assiette bien garnie et bien colorée avec des saveurs bien corsées
bonne soirée

? said...

Good recipe and post..loved the step-by-step instructions!

nandini said...

This looks yummilicious!!!! Step by step instructions are a great guide especeially when one tries it for the first time.

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