Food & Wine’s Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro: Recipe of the Week

soba noodles with grilled shrimp and cilantro

Photo by Stephanie Foley; cover recipe from Food & Wine, March 2010

Lots of sneezing and sniffling going on at our house, so we decided to try a “healing” Thai recipe from the March issue of Food & Wine. Thai cooking guru Su-Mei Yu shared recipes designed to get readers through on-and-off-again cold, damp spring weather. This one — soba noodles with grilled shrimp and cilantro — is thought to be warming and energizing, according to Thai tradition.

The recipe gets a boost from fresh lime zest and juice and, says Yu, “The sour juice protects the respiratory system in the early spring and cilantro helps when you’re congested.”

Other key ingredients beyond the shrimp and soba noodles: soy sauce, loads of garlic, crispy shallots, scallions, and crushed red pepper flakes. It also called for a teaspoon of agave syrup, which I couldn’t be bothered to go searching for; I used a dash of honey instead.

I also added a bit more lime juice and, because we were trimming the recipe to serve two, I only used one small shallot. Next time I’ll go for more, though. The caramel-y crisp shallots (more lightly fried than sauteed) added a ton of distinct flavor. Super-yummy, so don’t skimp.

Here’s the full recipe. If you try it, let us know what you think. We’re definitely adding it into our current recipe rotation — and, though we’re skeptics by nature, hopefully we’ve helped a little with the sniffles. Hey. Couldn’t hurt.

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2 Responses to “Food & Wine’s Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro: Recipe of the Week”



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