Yech, what a waste of perfectly good fresh shrimp and asparagus (which actually came out pretty well). IF you must make this, serve over anything but the 'noodle pillows' (though I guess they tasted exactly as the recipe describes; undercooked sesame oil covered spaghetti), and completely forgo the sauce. Seems like a lot of people enjoy this dish, so maybe I've just gotten used to the flavor found in Grace Young recipes.
Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry on Noodle Pillows
Notes: Prepare the ingredients for this stir-fry while the noodle pillows bake; cook the mixture (step 2) just before the pillows are done.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 594
- Calories from fat: 21%
- Protein: 42g
- Fat: 14g
- Saturated fat: 2g
- Carbohydrate: 75g
- Fiber: 3.5g
- Sodium: 720mg
- Cholesterol: 173mg
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 pound shelled, deveined shrimp (31 to 40 per lb.), rinsed
- 4 noodle pillows (see below)
- 1. Snap tough stem ends off asparagus. Cut spears at a 45° angle into 1/2-inch-thick slices. In a small bowl, mix broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and white pepper.
- 2. Set a 14-inch wok or 12-inch frying pan over high heat. When hot, add oil, ginger, and garlic; stir until garlic begins to turn golden, about 30 seconds. Stir in asparagus and add 3 tablespoons water; cover and cook just until asparagus is bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and stir, uncovered, until they are opaque in center of thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes.
- 3. Stir broth mixture and add to pan; stir until sauce boils and thickens. Add salt to taste.
- 4. Set a noodle pillow on each of four dinner plates. Spoon shrimp and asparagus stir-fry equally over noodle pillows.
- Making noodle pillows:
- 1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Add 12 ounces dried thin Asian wheat noodles or dried vermicelli pasta and stir to separate. Cook until barely tender to bite, 3 to 7 minutes. Drain and return to pan. Mix in 2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil and salt to taste.
- 2. Divide noodles into four equal portions; set each mound about 2 inches apart on two 10- by 15-inch nonstick baking pans. Pat each into a 1/2-inch-thick round.
- 3. Bake pillows in a 425° oven until most of surface is crisp and browned, 15 to 20 minutes (switch pan positions halfway through baking). Serve hot.
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