I’m visiting my mom back home in Michigan and, as she was with me when I first began this endeavor, I had to bring my cookbook home so we could try out a new recipe together. After narrowing it down from a considerable list, we chose the Warm Glass Noodles and Edamame (pg. 198). We both love edamame and had family coming to visit, too, so we thought this would be a good one to share.
As far as the ingredients go, my mom had most everything already. But one tricky ingredient was the tamarind pulp/paste. We had to go the the specialty food store in town to find that. And we had to buy a pretty big jar of it, when all we needed for the recipe was 2 tbsp…so hopefully my mom will use it again!
We flash cooked the glass noodles and the whisked together the sauce. I learned that tamari is just another name for gluten free soy sauce. My mom also had this fantastic lime juicer! It’s so nice to have a wealth of kitchen utensils to choose from for a change 😉
Then we prepared the herbs. The recipe called for mint (as many of Chef’s recipes do) and my mom picked some fresh mint from her garden! Then we threw everything into the wok and within minutes it was done! A pretty easy recipe overall.
Chef stated that we could “upgrade” the recipe by adding roasted peanuts, so we tried to do that. But true to form, they got a little well done I added some anyway to mine and they were good, but I think the dish would have been just as great without them (or with them if they had been roasted correctly).
Overall, I give the dish 4 stars. It was really good and everyone enjoyed it, but it did feel like it was missing something. My brother’s girlfriend commented that some grated Parmesan would have been good on top and I think that would have been an excellent addition. Or maybe Chef’s other recommended upgrade: fried tofu. But all in all, the meal was yummy – light and refreshing – and the company was good. A great night together with my family.
Mine (R) and Chef’s (L; pg. 199).