Recently we embarked on a truly epic project. We have these two cabinets in our kitchen. They're large cabinets. Unfortunately they've been useless to us, sealed off for literally years. One was sealed off due to a pantry moth infestation and the other due to a collapsed shelf. We haven't been able to make the time to do more than seal them shut and pile things on a counter for a long time. We recently cleaned out both of those cabinets. It was not a fun process. It was ugly, very ugly and not a process I would care to ever repeat. We did however find some non-perishable foodstuffs that had been thought lost or even forgotten entirely. This was really something special - I realize that I've already spent the money but still, it's money that I don't have to spend again. A gift from my former self, I guess. One of the packages was these bean thread noodles, and I decided to use them pretty quickly. They wound up in this one-dish meal that the whole family enjoyed. It was a pretty easy meal to throw together, so try it some weeknight when you're feeling a little harried.
Salmon with Baby Bok Choi and Bean Threads (serves 4; approx. $2.43/serving)
1 package bean thread noodles
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot pepper sesame oil
3 salmon fillets, skinned and cubed
5 baby bok choy, chopped
2 onions, cut into eighths
4 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tablespoons minced ginger
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup tamari (soy sauce is fine)
- Large wok
- Large saucepan
- Fill the large saucepan with water and bring to a rapid boil.
- Add the bean threads. Remove from heat and let the bean threads stand while you proceed with the rest of the recipe.
- Heat the oil in the wok.
- Add the onions, garlic and the ginger. Stir-fry until the onions are soft.
- Add the salmon. Cook 2 - 3 minutes.
- Add the bok choi with the broth and tamari. Bring the liquid to a boil, then stir-fry until the salmon is cooked and the bok choi is done to your desired degree of tenderness.
- Drain the noodles and add them to the wok. Stir fry to blend the flavors.
- Turn out the contents of the wok into your serving vessel and serve.