Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Maine Shrimp-Squid-Dulse with Noodles (serves 2-3)


Here is a taste from the sea using some of my favorite ingredients, sweet Maine shrimp (from my mother), squid (I caught), dried dulse (sea vegetables) and left over vegetables.  You can pretty much use any vegetables for this dish.  The starch noodles is made from sweet potato starch and it has a nice chewy texture. This dish is inspired by a Korean dish called japchae.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of starch noodles (or 7 3/8 oz)
1/2 t finely grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4 inch width wedges
1 scallions, chopped
4 oz squid, cleaned and cut into bite size (please see How to Clean Squid post)
6 oz Maine shrimp, shells removed
1 lb nappa cabbage, stack the leaves and cut into 1/4 inch width
5 oz julienned carrots
2 T soy sauce
2 t sesame oil
2 t fish sauce
2 T canola oil
1/4 t sugar
1/4 /C dried dulse (sea vegetables)
Toasted sesame seeds or coarsely crushed roasted peanuts (please see Roasted Peanuts post), garnish (optional)

Method:

1) Cook the noodles in gently boiling water for 6 minutes or as directed on the package (when done drain, drizzle a little sesame oil and stir to prevent noodles from sticking)
2) While the noodles is cooking, heat a large pan with 1 T canola oil over high heat
3) Add ginger, 1/2 of the garlic, onion and scallions, sauté for 1 minute or until onion is translucent
4) Add squid and shrimp, cook for 4-5 minutes, reserve contents in a bowl
5) Use the same pan, add  1 T canola oil and the remaining garlic, sauté for 30 seconds
6) Add nappa cabbage and carrots, cook for 5 minutes
7) Add the contents from the bowl back into the pan, the cooked noodles, soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, and sugar, stir well until contents are mixed, cook for 4-5 minutes until most of the liquid from the bottom of the pan is almost gone
8) Turn off heat, add the dulse at the end and mix well
9) Divide contents into plates and may add toasted sesame seeds and/or roasted peanuts on top

dried dulse I
dried dulse II
*Dried dulse is a sea vegetable that has a slight salty taste and a hint of the sea.  I came across it when my husband and I were traveling in Nova Scotia.  The fishermen who harvested the dulse told me that people eat it as a snack.  I like to use it in my cooking.
*To purchase dulse and other sea vegetables you may contact Mr. Larch Hanson at http://www.theseaweedman.com

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