This dish is like a book with three main characters, all equally important, interesting and with personality.
Noodles, sundried tomatoes and prawns. Each one different in flavour, texture and taste. I used whole wheat organic noodles which had a good bite to it, prawns that were full of flavour, succulent and juicy and sundried tomatoes that were quite intense, a little sour and with a sweetness of its own.
The little sidekicks were a couple of garlic cloves and some chillie paste to spice things up a little. And some sweet basil leaves to add interest and to humour me.
It turned out to be a very simple, interesting and delicious dish. And I loved it.
I first came across the use of sundried tomatoes in a noodle cookbook I had bought once upon a time long long ago. Yes ~ that long.
And ever since then I have been meaning to try sundried tomatoes because it was an ingredient that was new to me and it sounded and looked really good. After many many years of meaning to-s I have in the end made it.
And I'm glad I did. It's good. So very good. Like all simple things in life.
Here's the recipe by Kit Chan that I tweaked a little...........
6 oz dried noodles, boiled according to instructions, kept aside
7-8 large prawns, shelled with tails left intact and deveined
5-6 sundried tomatoes, sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, pounded or grated to a paste
1-2 tsp chillie paste,fresh or bottled
2 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
some sweet basil leaves, washed and drained
2 T cooking oil
Season the prawns with soy sauce and sugar. Keep aside
Pound two pieces of the sundried tomato to a paste using a pestle and mortar.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Saute the garlic and then add the prawns and saute until the prawns are just done and pink. Lift off the prawns and keep aside.
Add the remaining oil and saute the sundried tomato paste and the chillie paste for a minute. Add the noodles and mix well. Add a little stock or water if too dry. Sprinkle some salt and and mix well.
Throw in the prawns and basil leaves and mix again. Serve.