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Super Fast Shrimp and Rice Noodles

I really, really loo-oove Vietnamese food. It is just so fresh and light, yet super flavourful and satisfying at the same time. The Vietnamese food that I have experienced seems to consist mostly of rice or rice noodles, lots of raw or just lightly cooked veggies, a small amount of lean protein, and flavourful additions like chopped peanuts, cilantro, fish sauce and hot chili garlic sauce such as Sambal Olek or Sriracha.

I came up with this dish one night when we had been out for the day, it was already past our usual dinner time and we were starving. I soaked some rice noodles in hot water, and  ran some cold water over some frozen cooked shrimp, to quickly defrost them. I also quickly sliced up some veggies and chopped up some peanuts and cilantro. I drained the noodles, tossed in some fresh veggies, drizzled it with a little soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and Sriracha, and garnished it with  chopped peanuts, cilantro and sliced scallions. Honestly, this only took about 5 minutes to whip together, but it is loaded with flavour. This is good served hot or cold.

Vietnamese - inspired Shrimp and Rice Noodles

thin rice stick noodles, prepared according to package instructions
carrot, julienned or peeled in  long ribbons with a vegetable peeler
red bell pepper, sliced thinly
cooked shrimp, peeled,deveined and sliced in half lengthwise
Low- sodium  soy sauce
Sriracha or other hot chili-garlic sauce
toasted sesame oil
chopped dry roasted peanuts
chopped fresh cilantro
thinly sliced scallions
fresh lime, cut into wedges

Toss drained noodles with vegetables and shrimp. Drizzle in a little soy sauce, sesame oil and Sriracha. (All three of these are very strong flavours, so start with a very small amount, mix together and adjust to your preference.) Garnish with cilantro, peanuts, scallions and fresh lime wedges.

Speaking of Vietnamese food...... Bagolac Saigon is one of my favorite places to go to when I have a craving for some yummy Vietnamese food. We went there a few weeks ago and discovered that it had been completely renovated inside. The space is now a lot bigger and has a nice, trendy feel to it. I have been going here since the late 1990's and have never had a bad experience. I first brought my husband here when we were first dating, about 8 years ago, and we have ordered the exact same meal - # 81, every single time we have been there. What can I say ? It's delicious. Why mess with perfection?

This dish consists of sliced grilled pork, shredded pork, spring rolls, rice noodles, peanuts, shredded carrots, lettuce. MMMMM! Just looking at this picture is making me drool ( don't worry, I am not literally drooling. That would be a little disturbing.)

Bagolac Saigon is a great place to get  fast, fresh, filling, delicious Vietnamese food.

Bagolac Saigon
6130 1a. St. SW
Calgary AB.

Tags: Vietnamese, Shrimp, Rice Noodles, Quick

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