Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Cellophane Noodle Salad

I had a lot of left overs from the Hot Sour Salty Sweet meal, and I hate stuff withering to waste in my fridge. I had a bunch of cellophane noodles (AKA bean threads) left over from the salad rolls I made as well as a whole bunch of herbs from the herb and salad plate; I also had a lot of lime wedges left over, and I had a decent amount of the Must Have Table Sauce (nuoc cham) sitting in the fridge, too. As I was wondering what to do with this all, I happened upon a recipe in HSSS for Cellophane Noodle Salad with Oyster Mushrooms (p. 144). In reading it through, I got the idea to use up my leftovers in a similar salad.

Cellophane Noodle Salad with Chicken & Herbs

1 chicken breast, cooked, cooled and diced
1 bunch cellophane noodles/bean threads, cooked according to package directions, cooled & snipped into manageable lengths
1 cup chopped mixed herbs: I used mint, cilantro, and basil
2 sliced green onions
juice of half a lime
1/3 recipe nuoc cham (recipe to follow)

Toss everything together gently in a large bowl.

This was fantastic! The flavours were so bright and fresh! My tongue practically danced!

Now, for the nuoc cham, or Vietnamese Must Have Table Sauce (p. 28 HSSS), adapted by me

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp sugar
1 clove garlic, grated or minced

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar.



Meg said...

How delicious! I love cellophane noodles!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love cellophane noodles and Asian dishes, so that salad really makes me drool!



Donna-FFW said...

I havenever used cellphane noodles, but they sure look fantaastic in your dish. The dressing sounds simply amazing!

Sara said...

This looks delicious, I love these kind of noodle dishes. It looks pretty easy to make too, which is a bonus!

Cathy said...

I love anything Vietnamese and your noodles look great!! I'll have to try this soon.

Bellini Valli said...

This salad sounds like a perfect way to fend off the winter blah's. I was over at a friends last night and we were reminiscing about our time spent in the Kootenays. It has been a long time!!!

Pierce said...

I am not generally a fan of chicken breast because the meat dries out a bit. At least for me. Maybe I will try that with thigh meat - it sounds great.

Gotta check that cookbook out too.

Wandering Coyote said...

Pierce: shrimp would work great, too.


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