Everyone (nonetheless) sitting comfortably? Nonetheless consuming nicely? November, hey? Consuming-wise, the month has, for me, more and more turn out to be about turning to meals that comforts. Consolation meals means various things to totally different folks, after all. For some, it suggests one thing that may be fortunately slurped or that must be eaten from a bowl. For others, it’s a meal that may be thrown collectively rapidly or, conversely, that requires a little bit of time to good. For others nonetheless, consolation meals is all the time one thing candy. My common reply to this seek for consolation is noodles, and my particular reply is that this week’s recipes.
Stir-fried noodles with sambal and crab (pictured above)
I’ve used rice vermicelli, that are very gentle, however in the event you’re utilizing one other sort of noodle, it’s possible you’ll wish to improve the portion weight. The crab is an ideal match, however tinned sardines or leftover cooked white fish additionally work nicely. You possibly can even depart the seafood out altogether, through which case serve the noodles with simply the sambal and the coconut sauce.
Prep eight min
Prepare dinner eight min
60g coconut oil
5 contemporary makrut lime leaves
170ml tinned coconut cream
100g dried rice vermicelli, cooked as per packet directions
200g picked crab, ideally a mixture of white and brown meat (optionally available)
2 tbsp finely chopped chives
2 spring onions, trimmed and julienned
2 limes, reduce into wedges, to serve
Flaked sea salt
For the sambal
Four purple chillies, deseeded
180g candy cherry tomatoes
10g contemporary turmeric root, peeled and finely chopped
three garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
10g contemporary ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2 small shallots, peeled and finely chopped
2 tsp tomato paste
2½ tbsp soy sauce
2½ tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp inexperienced (or black) peppercorns, roughly crushed
20ml lime juice
Put all of the elements for the sambal within the small bowl of a meals processor, add a teaspoon of flaked salt and blitz clean.
Warmth the coconut oil in a big saute pan on a excessive warmth, add the lime leaves and two-thirds of the sambal, and stir-fry for 3 minutes (cautious: it would spit). Add the coconut cream and stir-fry for 2 minutes extra.
Add the cooked noodles, toss to mix, then flip off the warmth. Stir within the remaining sambal, the chives and the picked crab (reserve a bit of to complete the dish). Switch to a platter, garnish with the spring onion and the reserved crab, and serve with lime wedges for squeezing on prime.
Biang biang noodles with numbing oil and tahini soy sauce
That is impressed by Xi’an Impression, a unbelievable restaurant in north London that serves the meals of Shan Xi Province in China. Throughout the first lockdown, my colleague Ixta Belfrage got here up with this recipe in homage to her two favorite dishes there: biang biang noodles and cucumber salad with particular sesame sauce. It turned a little bit of a viral sensation, as folks all around the world took to Instagram to tug and slap their very own noodles. It’s essential to make use of a plain flour with 10-12% protein – any lower than 10 %, and the dough will rip, slightly than stretch (yow will discover the protein ranges within the dietary info on the aspect of the packet). Don’t fear if the noodles rip on the ends – they’ll nonetheless style nice with the sauces. The method takes observe, and also you’ll get higher as you make them, I promise. (You will discover step-by-step video guides on Ixta’s Instagram story highlights.)
Prep and relaxation three hr
Prepare dinner 1 hr+
For the noodles
300g plain flour (10-12% protein)
½ tsp salt
150g water (sure, I do know that works out to 150ml, however for this I all the time weigh it out, to be super-precise)
For the numbing oil
150ml sunflower oil
1 banana shallot, peeled and finely chopped (60g)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
10g contemporary ginger, peeled and finely grated
½ purple chilli, finely chopped
1 entire star anise
1 tbsp purple bell pepper flakes
1 tsp chilli flakes
1½ tsp Szechuan peppercorns, roughly crushed
1½ tsp tomato paste
1 tsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
For the tahini and soy sauce
60g tahini (combined very nicely, to mix the solids and fats)
2 tbsp soy sauce, plus additional to serve
1½ tbsp maple syrup
1½ tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp water
2 spring onions, trimmed and julienned
½ massive cucumber, halved lengthways, seeds scooped out and discarded, flesh reduce into 1½cm cube
1½ tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
For the noodles, combine the flour and salt in a bowl, then very slowly pour within the water, stirring with a chopstick the entire time, till the combo comes collectively right into a dough – it should look on the dry aspect as soon as all of the water has been added, however don’t be tempted so as to add any extra.
Switch to a piece floor and knead for about 5 minutes, till the dough comes collectively right into a shaggy ball. You’ll want to make use of some muscle right here, as a result of will probably be fairly powerful. Cowl with a tea towel and depart to relaxation for 10 minutes.
After the dough has rested, knead once more vigorously for 10 minutes, till it’s very clean: it ought to by now have the feel of Play-Doh and, in the event you poke it, the indentation ought to stay, slightly than spring again. Cowl once more with a tea towel and relaxation for an additional 10 minutes.
Grease a tray with vegetable oil. Minimize the dough into eight equal items of about 55g every, then roll every bit right into a sausage and place on the greased tray. Cowl with cling-film and depart to relaxation at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.
In the meantime, make the numbing oil. Warmth two tablespoons of sunflower oil in a small saucepan on a medium-high warmth, add the subsequent eight elements and a quarter-teaspoon of salt, flip down the warmth to medium and fry very gently for 5 minutes, stirring usually, till the shallot is tender. Add the tomato paste and all of the sesame seeds, and cook dinner for an additional two minutes. Stir within the remaining 120ml oil, scale back the warmth to low and simmer very gently for 20 minutes – if the oil begins to bubble in any respect, take it off the warmth for a minute, to chill down. Flip off the warmth and depart to chill and infuse for not less than an hour.
For the tahini soy sauce, whisk all of the elements in a bowl till very clean.
As soon as the dough has rested, flatten every sausage right into a rectangle: grease a piece floor, then, working with one piece at a time, use a rolling pin to roll the dough sausage right into a 16cm x 8cm rectangle. Use a chopstick to make an indent throughout the center of the rectangle – this will probably be your “ripping line” later. Repeat with the opposite seven dough sausages, then depart to relaxation for 10 minutes.
Put a big spoonful every of the numbing oil and tahini soy sauce into two serving bowls and put to 1 aspect.
Carry a big pot of salted water to a boil. In the meantime, and once more working with one piece of dough at a time, take each ends of the dough rectangle between your thumb and fingers of every hand, and begin to pull slowly and gently, till you are feeling there isn’t any extra pressure left. Nonetheless holding each ends, slap the noodle down on the work floor about 5 occasions, gently stretching it out extra as you go.
Decrease the now stretched noodle on to the work floor, then, utilizing the indent you made earlier, tear it in half lengthways to kind a big, closed loop. Drop the noodle straight into the pan of boiling water, and cook dinner for a few minute, or till it floats to the highest Repeat with the remaining items of dough, including them to the water as they’re stretched and ripped. Drain the cooked noodles nicely, then switch them to the serving bowls.
Use chopsticks to combine the noodles with the oil and sauces, including extra of every to style. High with the spring onion, cucumber and sesame seeds, and serve with extra soy sauce drizzled on prime.
Coconut and pineapple candy vermicelli
Served sizzling on a chilly winter’s day, that is as comforting for breakfast as it’s for pudding. Save the recipe for sunnier occasions, too, as a result of it’s additionally scrumptious eaten chilly, straight from the fridge.
Prep 10 min
Prepare dinner 40 min
100g angel hair pasta, roughly damaged into 4cm items
1 x 400ml tin full-fat coconut milk
50g uncooked virgin coconut oil
three cardamom pods, flippantly bashed open with a pestle
2 makrut lime leaves, flippantly bruised by hand
60g caster sugar
2 tbsp desiccated coconut, flippantly toasted
1 lime, reduce into Four wedges
For the pineapple caramel
200g pineapple, peeled and cored, flesh reduce into 2cm x 1cm items
100g caster sugar
1 lime – zest finely grated, to get 1 tsp, and juiced, to get 1 tbsp
40g coconut oil
In a big saute pan, toast the pasta on a medium warmth, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes, or till flippantly golden brown: don’t fear if it’s not all completely toasted. Add the coconut milk, coconut oil, water, cardamom, bruised lime leaves, a pinch of salt and the sugar, deliver to a boil, then flip the warmth again right down to medium and depart to simmer for 18-20 minutes, stirring usually, or till the pasta has softened and the combination thickened. Preserve heat till able to serve.
In the meantime, sprinkle the sugar all around the base of a medium saucepan, add two tablespoons of water and depart to cook dinner on a medium warmth, with out stirring, for eight minutes, till you could have a golden caramel. Stir within the pineapple, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and the lime juice, and cook dinner, stirring regularly, for eight minutes extra. Stir within the coconut oil, cook dinner for an additional three minutes, till the caramel has thickened to a butterscotch-like consistency, then put aside.
Divide the pasta combination between 4 bowls, then prime with the pineapple caramel, desiccated coconut and lime zest. Squeeze the lime wedges on prime earlier than serving.