Friday, 10 September 2010

Thai Salmon and Rice Noodles

Although classed as Thai, this could just as easily be labelled Vietnamese cuisine (my current favourite !) as it includes those ingredients I absolutely love - tangy, refreshing lime, salty fish sauce and red chilli. The vegetables I used could just as easily be substituted, as could the salmon with chicken or pork. At a total cost of £6.59 I nearly got a nosebleed at surpassing my comfort zone of £5 per meal, but one look at the fresh, healthy vegetables and fish used made it worthwhile.

Another thing I've grown to love about Thai/Vietnamese food is that the recommended ingredient quantities is only a rough guide. I'm a big fan of tasting my food while it is cooking - if I feel it needs another (liberal) splash of fish sauce, a twist of lime juice, or an extra shake of soy then I do it. There's no right or wrong when it comes to pleasing the old tastebuds!

Approx Preparation: 15min
Approx Cooking: 20min

2 fresh Salmon fillets  £3.25 (promo price - usually £4)
1 stick Lemon Grass   34p
Thumbnail size Fresh Ginger, peel and slice thinly
1 small Red Chilli, seeded and finely sliced   15p
Juice of 1 Lime   20p
A handful Mangetout   75p approx
Handful Frozen Sweetcorn   10p approx
2 heads Pak Choi, leaves separated   £1.00
1 tbsp Fish Sauce
1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1 bundle Rice Noodles  80p
900ml vegeatable stock
Small handful chopped fresh coriander

Total Price for 2 adults and two children   £6.59

1.  Peel the lemon grass down to the soft greeny layer and slice thinly
2.  Add lemon grass, chilli, ginger to stock; squeeze in juice of lime and bring to boil
3.  Reduce to a simmer for 5 - 10min
4. Add fish sauce and soy sauce; then add the salmon. Cover pan and cook for approx 5min until cooked through
5. Remove the salmon from the pan; strain stock through a fine sieve into a new pan and bring back to boil
6. Add noodles, mangetout, pak choi and sweetcorn. Simmer for a couple of mins until soft
7. Flake the salmon and add to the pan and stir everything together
8. Once served scatter with the coriander. Enjoy !!

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